Meet Lulu Hashimoto, she's quite the doll

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Meet Lulu Hashimoto, Japan's first "living doll" fashion model. Lulu — a full-body doll suit consisting of a wig, a mask and stockings patterned with doll-like joints — was born from one woman's desire to become cute. "I have always really liked dolls and for me, the epitome of cuteness is dolls," ...

Japanese design makes its name at home and overseas

Aug 27, 2017

Japanese design makes its name at home and overseas

In Japanese fashion this month, we see two local designers embarking on international careers by taking over one of Italy's most well-known brands, along with a new two-day fashion and lifestyle market in Harajuku, with attractions for the whole family. Costume National fall-winter 2018 menswear Storied ...

Are $1,500 blue jeans worth it?

Aug 27, 2017

Are $1,500 blue jeans worth it?

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What does $1,500 get you in blue jeans? One answer is 44 pairs of Wranglers. Another: four or five pairs of raw denim — a rigid, rugged, unrinsed jean for true connoisseurs — from Pure Blue Japan, Samurai or any of the other excellent brands ...

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

Jul 23, 2017

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

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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 ...

The sweet  artworks of Tetsuya Nagata

Jul 2, 2017

The sweet artworks of Tetsuya Nagata

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Osaka-born artist Tetsuya Nagata has found a unique way to breathe new life into two time-honored crafts of Japan — washi (Japanese paper) and wagashi (Japanese sweets). By pressing Nishinouchi washi into carved wooden molds that were originally used for shaping sugar, he creates delicate ...

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

| Jul 2, 2017

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

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The Interior Lifestyle Tokyo trade fair, an annual event held in June at Tokyo Big Sight, always showcases an impressive number of Japanese participants. This year, On Design picks its favorites from the fair's "Wanted" special exhibition of designers looking for collaborators or ...

Fashion veterans make new moves

Jun 25, 2017

Fashion veterans make new moves

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They may be newcomers to Tokyo, but behind the fashion names picking up traction this summer is a wealth of experience combined with honed artisanal skills. Affordable minimalism The beauty of origami folds, pleats and twists in clothing is usually something that could only be appreciated ...