The Collector Who Stores Her Issey Miyake Collection in Her Couch

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What is your save-it-from-a-fire piece and why?

From Undercover, I have both dresses from look 10 of spring 2004. It was one of the earliest pieces I bought from Undercover, and for a steal—$50 on eBay. From Comme des Garçons, I would choose a piece I’ve had in my archive for a little while, but actually have only worn only once. They are a pair of square leather loafers with a wooden bottom from the spring 1984 collection. They can be worn as loafers, or you can fold the back of the shoe and wear it as a mule. Usually, I pride myself on actually wearing the pieces in my archive, but these are so special to me, I am happy just to look at them. Rei’s work from the 1980s is very different from how she designed in the 1990s and later.

From Junya Watanabe, I would take a dress from the spring 2003 Parachute collection. This dress was the first expensive dress I ever bought myself, and I love the adjustable buckle detailing, thin nylon fabric, cutouts, and architectural shape. I bought this from my friend Lydia in Canada for my birthday and she wrote me the sweetest note.

From Prada, a pair of fall 2005 leather opera gloves given to me by my family for my birthday last year. Something is so elegant about them; I love the styling potential. And lastly, from Issey Miyake, the era I love the most from Issey is Naoki Takizawa’s time as creative director. He really combines sensuality and textile experimentation, and this is really prevalent in the spring/summer 2006 collection, inspired by Martin Denny’s Exotica. I have the sample of one of the last looks of the show: the dress is long, asymmetrical, and it is printed to mimic a bamboo leaf with diagonal rattan-like rope detail, similar to a bamboo stem.

Aviram in a Comme des Garçons skirt and top from spring/summer 2002.Photo: Courtesy of CHO

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