Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas is a fashion writer and lecturer at Bunka Gakuen University. He regularly contributes to The Japan Times, among other publications, and has his own site TokyoTelephone.com. He is currently pursuing his research in fashion at the University of Tokyo.

For Samuel Thomas's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japanese fashion goes pop

Sep 24, 2017

Japanese fashion goes pop

Cast your mind back to the giddy days of 2010, when the group of subcultural artists Chaos Lounge issued its first proclamation. While its stated goal was earnest and postmodern, the output was seen as a shock to the art world as it brought ...

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

Jul 23, 2017

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

A Ha-Ha 2015 runway show included models in wheelchairs Japanese fashion has never really been a successfully influential vehicle for protest movements and political statements. There have been attempts, such as the design collective Ha-Ha, which again became the enfant terrible of Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo ...

Matohu: Observing tradition in modern design

Apr 1, 2017

Matohu: Observing tradition in modern design

Design duo Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi have been making the case for the inclusion of Japanese aesthetics in contemporary fashion for more than a decade. Since founding fashion brand Matohu, the pair have championed Japanese tradition on the runway, which isn't easy in an ...

Tokyo fashion week: Young menswear designers take the helm

Apr 1, 2017

Tokyo fashion week: Young menswear designers take the helm

Tokyo menswear always used to be the easy sale of the city come fashion week, with womenswear collections characterized as thinking altogether far too locally to capture a global audience. Regarding menswear at least, they were correct, and the names who made successful appearances in ...

Monocle raises its glass to 10 years in Japan

Mar 11, 2017

Monocle raises its glass to 10 years in Japan

There are precious few publications standing against the accepted status quo that print media has had its day and the future is digital. Taking a stand among their ranks is lifestyle magazine Monocle, which even eschews social media, choosing to address those who seek ...

Inspiration can come from anywhere

| Mar 11, 2017

Inspiration can come from anywhere

Q-Pot dishes out more sweet stuff Q-Pot, purveyors of ultra cute and occasionally disconcertingly realistic sweet-themed accessories, is marking its 15th anniversary with its very first fashion line: Q-Pot Dress. Tadaaki Wakamatsu, the designer of the jewelry line, is himself taking on the challenge by ...

David Bowie is and always will be with us

| Jan 7, 2017

David Bowie is and always will be with us

SHINTARO YAMANAKA (QSYUM!) Much is quite rightly made of the enormous influence that Japan had on David Bowie, characterized best perhaps by his iconic stage outfits designed by the bombastic Kansai Yamamoto. However, long before Bowie set foot on Japanese soil in the early ...

Tokyo fashion show takes a modest approach to style

Nov 12, 2016

Tokyo fashion show takes a modest approach to style

Modesty takes center stage For all the political discourse centering on what Muslim women choose to wear, it is easy to forget that the hijab and related robes comprise a diverse genre of fashion. Looking at the garments beyond their religious connotations, they have a ...