Presented here is a pair of trousers from JUNYA WATANABE'S iconic Autumn/Winter 2006 collection, which used military surplus garments as a raw material and reconstructed them into new, distorted forms. These trousers are produced in a beautiful, coarse black wool rather than the khaki cotton canvas used elsewhere in the collection, but possess a number of the details that run throughout the collection. Most notably, different garment pieces are taken and inserted onto the trousers: half a chunky metal zip runs parallel to the waistband, a piece of thick cotton tape emerges from one leg and hooks onto a belt loop on the other, pockets appear in unusual places, lining fabrics are haphazardly stitched onto the outside, and part of a large, leather belt hangs from the left knee.
The trousers are bulky due to the sheer amount of detail, but are cut in such a way to create a cropped, relatively tailored shape on the body all the same. This piece is an example of Junya's incredible gift for interpreting and manipulating fabrics and patchwork and a truly stunning piece from a seminal collection. A picture of the garment worn on the runway has been included in the photographs.
Waist: 38.5 cm.