Yamaha, in a collaboration with Hideaki Shikama, the fashion designer behind the Children of the Discordance brand, have designed “clothing” for motorcycles that will be exhibited at the Paris Fashion Week.
Shikama was inspired to create these items by Yamaha Motor’s Jin-Ki Kanno development ideal (the exhilarating feeling of being one with the machine) and sought to express the joy of the unity between rider and machine. He envisioned the motorcycle as a faithful partner that riders can feel love for.
Yamaha Motor provided him with an SR500 and SR400 — classic big singles long loved by motorcyclists since their release in 1978 — for use as canvasses for these items entitled Over. The “clothing” he designed, fits on to the bike’s fuel tank, seat, fenders, tires and more can also be worn by the rider as a military-style backpack. Items in the Over collection can also be worn by the rider.
“Yamaha believes that when a person and machine ‘become one’ and are able to ‘communicate’ that there’s a joy created from that relationship, and that’s something I found really special,” said Shikama. “I think that’s also how it should be for clothes and the people who wear them.”
“In creating Over, we used the same vintage coat patchwork and graffiti ideas and methods as our other collections. For me personally, it was my first time working on an industrial product like this and I feel this project has really broadened our range of creative expression.”
Shikama established his Children of the Discordance brand in 2011, creating numerous collections of uniquely creative designs like patchwork remakes of vintage trench coats. His work won him high acclaim, including the Tokya Fashion Award in 2017.
Over will be exhibited from June 20 to 25 at the Children of the Discordance New Collection Presentation at showroom.tokyo during Paris Fashion Week Men’s.