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Autumn/Winter 2018 Inspiration: JAPAN


Aizome (indigo dyeing), shibori dyeing, gold leafing, Ukiyo-e (woodblock printing), Shodo (calligraphy) and Sumi-e ink painting are some of the fabulous art workshops you can do, and I did these on my recent Innovative trip to Japan. Whilst there I found so much inspiration and particularly Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e prints. “The ferry boats at Arai” and its gorgeous colour palette inspired this collection, as well as ancient Japanese calligraphy and men’s traditional costume: hakama pants and the yukata. I created some prints that have been realised onto luxurious silk. One of these was from an ancient script. Another was inspired by an historic multi- directional stripe and another the Tansho or Japanese crane bird.

Always a lover of the Japanese simple aesthetic, I have used ideas from the art of Furoshiki (fabric folding and wrapping) along with crossover fronts from the yukata, origami, twists, wraps and drapes.

I have had bespoke colours made and woven in Italy into beautiful wool and alpaca fabric.

The collection also features some abstract linings hand-painted in our Auckland design studio. Tailoring combines with folded edges that are softened by tactile fabrics. Colours in the collection are Aizome (Japanese indigo blue), coral and cherry red. Chalk white as used by the beautiful Maiko on their faces and Mizu blue (aqua) are fresh colour highlights. Charcoal and deepest ink navy underpin these exquisite colours. 

We proudly continue to make all these exciting new garments in New Zealand.


Read more about Jane's inspiration to her AW18 Collection in the latest Mindfood Article In Japan With Jane Daniels.


AW18 Inspirational Board - See Below for details