Fashion

15 Moments in Minimalist Fashion History

Fashion

15 Moments in Minimalist Fashion History

Madeleine Vionnet's introduces the bias cut and brings a new fluidity of movement to her Grecian designs, 1914.
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Originally trained as a civil engineer, André Courrèges builds his 'Space Age' look of 1964 out of squares, trapezoids and triangles.
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Roy Halston Frowick, a.k.a. Halston, designs fluid gowns for '70s disco dwellers as well as uniforms for flight attendants, the US Olympic team, the NYPD, and even the Girls Scouts.
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Japanese designers Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons make gender ambiguous, minimalist, anti-fashion statements in the 1980s.
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American minimalism: Calvin Klein circa 1986.
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Material technology: Christy Turlington captured by Juergen Teller in Stephen Sprouse for the April 1994 issue of Vogue.
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Mass refinement in Spring 1995 Calvin Klein.
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Guinevere Van Seenus stars in the 1996 Jil Sander campaign by photographer Craig McDean.
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Peter Lindbergh for Prada, 1996.
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When Helmut Lang was designed by Helmut Lang: Spring 1997.
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Kate Moss for Calvin Klein, 1997.
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A new century: Natasha Poly in Jil Sander by Raf Simons. Shot by Willy Vanderperre in 2009.
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In 2010, Matthew Ames reflects back on '80s Japanese avant-garde and American sportswear minimalisms. Photographer: Sybille Walter. Stylist: Samuel Drira.
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Francisco Costa's vision for Calvin Klein, circa 2010. Model: Lara Stone. Photographers: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
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Modern minimalism: Céline by Phoebe Philo for Fall 2012 photographed by, who else, Juergen Teller.
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A new minimalism is here, the fashion bylines say. But what’s the old? Not simply simplicity, minimalism eliminates nonessentials, seeking a refinement of form dictated by function. Often involving technological innovation, the results may be simple but the execution is not. Here, we take a tour through moments of minimalisms past and show that minimalism is not a trend, but a philosophical constant.