Junya Watanabe referred to his fall/winter 2000-2001 collection as "techno-couture." Indeed, this ensemble, with the explicit flourish of labor and controlled technique in its gargantuan, honeycomb ruff and the innovative fabrics, merges the artisanal and the experimental. The ruff, which is separate from the dress, can be collapsed into a small looped rectangle and stored in an envelope. The dress, a sleeveless sheath with a narrow flared hem, is draped so as to introduce angled bunching at the waist and hipline, as if it had been skewed inadvertently. That this "imperfection" is built into the dress is a manifestation of the designer's subtly "twisted" and subversive ideal of imperfect beauty.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "blog.mode: addressing fashion," December 18, 2007–April 13, 2008.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology," May 5, 2016–September 4, 2016.