The holy trinity of Japanese designers; Yohji, Issey, and Rei has swelled to encompass the entire Japan/Paris fashion diaspora. Other names, like Matsuda, have disappeared from the playing field, or in the case of Kenzo, have taken a step back and are a far cry from the brand they once were. Ichiro Kimijima has altogether been removed from the scene. Trained as an architect, the designer launched his line 1979 he became known for excellence in technique as well as eschewing Japanese dress (unlike the big three) and developing a subversive western aesthetic. When Kimijima died of heart attack in 1996 his company had already fallen into disarray, his family members, after legal and financial troubles, were unable to continue the business.