Following UNDERCOVER‘s recent SS20 show in Paris, Jun Takahashi got together with The Face for an intimate interview. During his time with writer Zainab Jama, Takahashi dished on the collection while also discussing the evolution of UNDERCOVER, his punk origins, and collaboration.
For SS20, Takahashi worked with American artist Cindy Sherman for a second time. The collab resulted in all-black tailored suits and silk pieces emblazoned with prints from Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills series taken between 1977 and 1980.
“I am a fan of her work, especially her images that express a mix of madness and humor. We’re also friends on a personal level,” said Takahashi. “Two years ago we collaborated on a women’s collection, but this time her work closely matched the theme we had going for our men’s collection. I also wanted to wear her work myself.”
“I only collaborate with those who have something we don’t,” he added. “I believe that mutually respective relationships are the most important. The design process varies depending on the season or the theme.”
From there, the UNDERCOVER designer transitioned to his punk influences and his Seditionaries book with Hiroshi Fujiwara. “My philosophy of breaking down stereotypes remains unchanged. Hiroshi and I were long-time collectors of Seditionaries. We made the book hoping to give lots of people the opportunity to see the brilliant clothes that influenced us in our adolescence,” he said. “When I was studying design, I was somewhat forced to be in the band. It wasn’t something that I intentionally chose to start.”
Lastly, Takahashi briefly touched on the evolution of UNDERCOVER. “It has been naturally changing along with the flow of my thoughts. Even now, I still have no clue what the future holds,” he insisted.
- Source: The Face