Estonian designer -- we don't really need all these clothes!

Ragne Kikas is the only designer with her own clothing line under the Japanese fashion icon Yohji Yamamoto's trademark.

Marian Männi
Marian Männi Eesti Ekspress, Estonia
Source: Eesti Ekspress
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Why this story matters:

Kikas, who first studied biochemistry, didn't dream of becoming a designer. In fact, she still questions her choices. "There are too many clothes in the world, too many creators," she says. "Fashion is a luxury. We don't really need all those things. That's my dilemma every day." Kikas says that she herself always wears the same clothes, for years in a row. She avoids glamour, and never wears high heels.

For this reason, although she has been living in Japan for six years, she has no plans of starting her own design brand.

Kikas is originally from a small town in Estonia. Knitting and crocheting are part of the culture there and she learned to knit when she was only five. Inspired by traditional techniques and pattens, she has turned them into new and striking knitwear designs.

Details from the story:

  • 34-year-old Ragne Kikas studied biochemistry in Estonia and then fashion in Germany.
  • Yohji Yamamoto became famous for bringing more loose and free clothing into fashion during 1980s when women's clothes were generally rigid and serious.
  • Yamamoto showed that femininity doesn't have to manifest itself with a thick layer of make-up, deep decolletage and high heels. Yamamoto's clothes made women sexy despite this.
  • Kikas captured Yamamoto's attention with her knitwear. He invited her to work for him in Japan.
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