WHEN IN PARIS… Visiting the Uniqlo solo Exhibition.

It’s day 2 of Paris Fashion Week, and I’ve been walking through the Tuileries on my way to UNIQLO’s First Solo Exhibition in Paris, The Art and Science of Lifewear. Walking is my favourite way to get around Paris, and as I do, not only do I observe how well the Parisian’s dress in simple clothing, but I also think about the idea of Lifewear. A word created by UNIQLO, to describe their philosophies of dressing - I like the term, as it makes me imagine an all-encompassing approach for the way different people around the world might dress. Not necessarily as a form of self-expression, but a practical idea, where you choose clothes to enable your particular lifestyle. And after years of watching trends come and go, and possibly inspired by the simplistic wardrobes of the Parisian pedestrians I pass… I catch myself dreaming of an organised wardrobe filled with neatly folded and hung items, each piece resembling clothes I need in my life.

…But back to the exhibition.

On arrival at any event, I rarely go inside straight away. Instead, I prefer to people watch, capturing outfits I find interesting. So firstly in this post, you will see images of all my favourite style moments arriving at the UNIQLO event - some of my absolute favourites are wearing full top to toe UNIQLO outfits.

As I later ventured into the exhibition, I had no idea what to expect and while I enjoyed seeing the entire process of producing a knitwear piece, from the raw material selection to the design and manufacturing process all depicted in beautiful images and installations, I mostly enjoyed the technology of Japan's Shima Seiki advanced knitting machine… which was something I had never seen before. The machine, which looks like a giant printer, takes spools of yarn and builds them directly into a garment - as opposed to the traditional fabric, cut and sew construction method. With a piece taking around 40 minutes to complete, it’s impressive to watch, and I’m mesmerised for almost the entirety of a knit dress. Standing there imagining what this means for the future of clothes. And how it will disrupt the entire manufacturing industry.

Not only is UNIQLO showing us a new standard for knitwear through this exhibition, but also a new standard for the way we construct and manufacture clothing. A big picture concept that couldn’t be more exciting.

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This post was sponsored by UNIQLO AUSTRALIA, somewhere I continuously shop for clothes I love to wear. x

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