A Timeline of the Japanese Design Avant-Garde

In the early 1960s, the haughty world of haute couture-where Dior and Balenciaga reign supreme-gives way to the Space Age machinations of Cardin, Courrèges, Rabanne, and Ungaro. But about a decade later, their dream of hi-tech glamour in turn gives way to a considerably more down-to-earth approach.