Treats from Japan
I recently received a juicy gift of Japanese hair and fashion magazines from my Japanese friend Kahoru. We met in printmaking class at Plattsburgh, and have reconnected through Facebook. We got to talking about her own salon experiences in Japan. Japan is highly fashion conscious, very avant garde, and aesthetically inspired. I love it! Previously I’ve posted about the Harajuku fashion, known to the world at large through Gwen Stefani’s interpretation of the youth street fashion in Tokyo. The magazines bring a lot of what inspires me into one. Pattern, hair, makeup, colors, design, paper, drawings, shiny things, cultural perspective.
I’m going to take us one magazine at a time, with just a little taster today from VOGUE Japan. The magazine is a larger format than our own print version. It also integrates a lot more textural and artistic elements in their layout. You can see echoes of Japan’s legendary print legacy, both paper and textiles. Also, especially in the example below, how their art finds its way into glorifying the art of fashion. Check this out!