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Minimalism in Fashion


Being part of the fashion industry is a real challenge, especially when referring to a fashion house. Nowadays, fashion houses, or better say their creative directors are facing many obstacles to remain on top. But, what does it take to be one of the top designers?

Creativity and Uniqueness are both terms that are deeply related to the success of a brand or designer. If you cannot merge both these features, success is not an option. More and more designers are turning to minimalism as a way to better express themselves, but minimalism does not only refer to a simple loose dress or a pair of black trousers. Minimalism is related to the choice of textiles for a collection, the colors, the shape, etc.

Comme des Garçons 1997


Martin Margiela


Japanese designers, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garçons introduced minimalism as a movement in the fashion industry in the 80s.

Comme des Garçons


Comme des Garçons


Issey Miyake


Issey Miyake


Yohji Yamamoto


Yohji Yamamoto



Then Calvin Klein introduced the American minimalism around 1986 and it became quite strong in the 90s.


Other brands like Jil Sander and Helmut Lang ruled the minimalist style in the 90s.

Helmut Lang Spring 1998


Helmut Lang


Jil Sander 1991


Jil Sander FW 97


Naomi Campbell for Jil Sander


The modern minimalism was perfectly presented from Céline by Phoebe Philo. Phoebe made sure that through her modern vision, the brand could gain major financial profits in 2013.

Celine Spring 2010


Celine Fall 2013


Celine Spring 2012


Celine Spring 2015


Rick Owens together with Vivienne Westwood come through our minds as the true pioneers of the changes that fashion is facing nowadays. Both brands are all about diversity and ready to save the world if asked for. If you look at a collection from Rick Owens or Vivienne Westwood, you will immediately distinguish it from others as both brands use simple textiles, which are transformed into amazing outfits, with a touch of minimalism. A dress with a minimal inspiration can make you the center of attention.

Rick Owens Fall Winter 2014


Rick Owens Fall Winter 2016


Rick Owens Spring Summer 2018


Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2011


Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2015


But even other brands are more focused on minimalism as a way of expression in nowadays fashion. Jacquemus, has embraced minimalism since the very beginning, and the collections are absolutely stunning. The designer loves to mix warm colors to create elegant pieces such as dresses, shirts, trousers, etc., all of them having a Mediterranean touch.

Jacquemus Fall 2014


Jacquemus Fall 2018


Jacquemus Spring 2018


Jacquemus Spring 2020


Jacqumus Fall 2020


Minimalism is not boring at all and not only fashion designers, but bloggers, influencers, buyers and editors are fully aware of the power that minimalist design is gaining each year and they are starting to cheer up for it. See below minimal creations from other designers that are presenting their own version of the modern minimalism in fashion.

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