Japan's cult brands get into character

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's cult brands get into character

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When the topic turns to “Cool Japan” and the various related efforts to capitalize on Japan’s indubitable cultural capital internationally, commendation — or more frequently the lack thereof — is easy to come by. The question of how Japan markets its own culture domestically, ...

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

Dec 8, 2015

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

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A dazzling show of 100 detailed replicas of historical women’s garments, “Kimono: From the Kofun to the Edo Period” at the Kobe Fashion Museum takes us back in time in two ways. The first way is obvious. The time span of the costumes on ...

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

Nov 10, 2015

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

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It’s undeniable that when designer Jun Takahashi founded Undercover — which celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first retrospective at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery — he was strongly influenced by the pioneers of deconstruction fashion Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. His first few ...