Yumiko's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is inspired by the traditional Japanese kimono with Balenciaga's dramatic design from the 1950s. The collection called “the beauty of blank” which came from the phrase “less is more” has a combination of simplicity and femininity using high quality yarns and a wide range of knitting techniques such as felting and brushing. All outfits are unified by the same elegant style, and hand made accessories such as head pieces and long gloves with block colours add extra impact to the collection. As Yumiko says, 'I am deeply interested in creating experimental and unique textures combining various techniques and yarns.'
Yumiko has a domestic knitting machine at home - a Brother KH-836, and used various techniques to achieve the shape and structure of the garments. The shoulders of the short cape are shaped using a sock heel method for example, and the fluid drape of the skirts is created by short row shaping. The dresses are made from lambs wool which is then felted and the capes and accessories are constructed from stretchy mohair, vigorously brushed to create a wonderful halo.
You can view the entire collection at www.yumikoisa.com
(posted by Max)