God’s Message:

“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
   Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
   If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.
   I’m God, and I act in loyal love.

I do what’s right and set things right and fair,
   and delight in those who do the same things.
These are my trademarks.”
   God’s Decree.

Jeremiah 9: 23-24 The Message

A year after Kawakubo and Yamamoto launched their careers in Paris together, they were recognized during the autumn/winter season in Paris in 1982, with the newspaper headlines “Paris looks Japanese”. They were already successful when in Japan when they left for Paris in April 1981. Their pale faced, models who wore no makeup walking brusquely on the catwalk with stern expressions received a wide range of reactions, from ‘shredded in a bomb attack’, to Vogue’s Polly Melon calling a “swiss cheese dress” “…modern and free. To quote the Washington Post, they showed paris “a whole new way of beauty”.