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Poncho, Top, Leggings, Mask, Belt, and Boots

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

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Poncho, Top, Leggings, Mask, Belt, and Boots

Autumn/Winter 2009

Kazuaki Takashima
Green wool/ acrylic jersey poncho; blue acetate knit top and leggings; synthetic knit mask with patent leather appliqué; synthetic leather belt with metal and rhinestone; synthetic leather lace up boots.
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Kazuaki Takashima
Inventory Number(s)
AC12151 2009-42AI

A back-to-front poncho is worn as a dress with a wrestling championship-style belt. The poncho is based on green jersey macrame, with seven rows of small dolls knitted into the fabric, using a masked wrestler’s head as their motif. Vivid colors and motifs recall the professional wrestling scene of Mexico, and the hand-crafted techniques are reminiscent of crafts such as the distinctive cloth dolls produced in the state of Chiapas in the south of the country. The juxtaposition of simple decorations with sporty elements such as the synthetic knit mask and leggings gives this look a unique character. Kazuaki Takashima produced designs under the Né-net label from 2005 to 2020. This was part of his A/W 2009 collection presented at Japan’s iconic wrestling venue, Korakuen Hall, in a show that commenced with the audio from the inauguration ceremony of modern-day hero U.S. president Barack Obama (2009–2017). The “hero nostalgia” theme demonstrates Takashima’s admiration and empathy for strong heroes, but they shared the stage with slow-moving, unaggressive companions: walking animal rides. The harmonious combination of strength and laxity, concepts that would normally be considered contradictory, is a characteristic of Takashima’s designs. He has produced a number of original characters, including Nya-, a strange but cute black cat, that he incorporates into designs for everyday wear targeting adult men and women. Such informal designs shifted the boundaries of images conventionally associated with specific gender or age demographics.