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Japanese Street Fashion: Photos by Akif Hakan Celebi

Fashion, Japan, Photography

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Last month I promised you more from photographer Akif Hakan Celebi, after posting his portraits of geisha. Today I’ll skip the introductions and go straight to his series on Japanese street fashion. You can check out his extensive body of work on his official website and deviant art site.

 

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Origami Inspired Christian Dior

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I couldn’t resist posting these pictures from Christian Dior’s 2007 Spring/Summer Couture Collection inspired by Madame Butterfly. Here’s a link to the Vogue Catwalk Report, including close-ups of the dresses.

This collection which was both praised profusely, and harshly criticized for its all-pervading Orientalism. While the fact that it’s couture needs to be taken into consideration, I can’t help but feel that these dresses mix the sublime with the ridiculous – a classic example of taking elements from another culture without any of the spirit behind it.

The collection has none of the  simplicity and restraint of traditional Japan, but the dresses are decadent and bold. It’s John Galliano doing Japan his own way, with Japan as the stage for his own fantasy ball. This is what makes it new, and what makes it interesting.

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Kimono & Yukata: Photo’s by G2slp

Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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G2slp has an amazing selection of beautiful pictures on his flickr account. He’s photographed a lot of well known Japanese models and actresses, which he submits in glorious large format. These are some of my favourites.

 

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Scans: Egg Magazine

Fashion, Japan

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I have mixed feelings about the whole Kogal/Ganguro/Yamamba/Gyaru trend. I don’t really like hip-hop, but hip-hop mixed with hot asian girls is a bit more interesting. These scans are from the Gyaru bible: Egg magazine, via this site.

 

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Pic of the Day: Decora Girls

Fashion, Japan, Pic of the Day

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Is it cute? Is it not cute? Is it a bit scary? These girls are dressing in the Decora style, one the street fashions of Harajuku. Decora consists of colorful clothing and accessories from head to toe, as exemplified by the girl on the right. Her friend on the left is dressed in the Koteosa, or Dark Decora style. I got the picture from this website, but you have to be a member to download other pictures from their gallery.

Portraits of Geisha by Akif Hakan Celebi

Fashion, Japan, Photography, Traditional Japan

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Akif Hakan Celebi is a fashion and fine arts photographer. Born in Istanbul, Celebi now lives and works both in his home country and the US, as well as travelling internationally. Celebi is known for combining portraiture with fashion photography, as well as documenting street style. I’ll be posting more of his portfolio later, or else check out his extensive work on his official website and deviant art site.

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Scans: Contemporary Wedding Kimono

Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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I picked up these scans of beautiful contemporary wedding kimono a while back on the Immortal Geisha forums. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to find the exact post again, so I can’t tell you anything about the publication these pictures were taken from because I can’t read kanji.

These scans show how the kimono is evolving as formal wear, with traditionally styled kimono being paired with modern hairstyles on almost every page. Motifs and colours are chosen to represent the season as well as having symbolic meaning – for example the crane, which mates for life, represents longevity and fidelity. To me a colorful kimono is so much bolder than a white wedding gown, and I love the celebratory feel of the fresh floral patterns in bright colours. Enjoy!

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