Denim fabric is visibly little changed. We spend a great deal of time playing with variants of what has been before, adding new fibres for touch, for stretch, for performance. Current changes are mainly performance related and invisible. The excitement is currently derived from creative effects in the garment.
Denim garments are all about both detail and finish. The two are inextricably linked. Edges are frayed and unpicked; seams are degraded; edge stitching is obvious - blanket, braiding, beading. We consider what are the influences which give rise to new edge and fastening treatments.
We examine myriad variations of what's around the edges of a denim garment - collars, cuffs, pockets all which benefit from creative degrading; ripping and repairing; fraying and fringing. Contrast colour; white and blue spray; inside out denim, where the backside is as important as the face. The denim itself is a mere vehicle for creative edge work.
Use of creative hardware and hard logos as befits the tough nature of the jean. Buckles used as decoration in weird places for effect only with a creative nod to its western origins. Lacing instead of zips or buttons.
The constant throughout all the pocketing ideas is the angled western jacket pocket. Twin needled seaming which benefits from a heavy wash; flap pockets with button or snap fastenings. Closed pocket zippers are a more modern addition.
The vintage reclaimed Japanese Kimono jacket which combines denim with original checks and stripes forces us to focus on the front edges the collar and the absent cuffs. The whole is enhanced by natural ageing creating a super romantic garment which would be much less alluring without the front edging.