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Wildfox Couture: Marie Antoinette Photo Shoot

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I love the fun and decadence of this Marie Antoinette inspired photo shoot from Wildfox Couture.

Check out the full set here.

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Photographic Still Lifes by Andrew Putter

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Andrew Putter has created these photographs by arranging South African flowers like 17th century Dutch still lifes. The works are a commentary on South African identity and how it’s been entwined with the history of colonialism, but theory isn’t necessary to enjoy these beautiful images.

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Surreal Pinups: Vogue Patterns

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I adore this eye catching editorial “Vogue Patterns” from Vogue Italia, December 2007 by photographer Steven Meisel. The models featured are Lara Stone, Hanne-Gaby Odiele , Kinga, Marina and Magdalena.

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The Travels of Bad: The Work of Zander Blom

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The Decision: Fuck Europe and the Disease of Civilization

The Travels of Bad is a multi-media extravaganza by South African artist Zander Blom:

The show documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fuelled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.”

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Nippon Vogue: Stranger in a Strange Land

Fashion, Japan, Photography, Traditional Japan

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These intriguing images are from the Nippon Vogue article “Stranger in a Strange Land” published October 2008. Although the concept is simple enough, the juxtapositioning of French and Italian couture against traditional kimonos reveals unexpected similarities.

The effect is to make contemporary fashion strange, with the body it idealizes as just as artificial and standardised as a geisha’s mask. The images are also hauntingly beautiful, a paradox which points to the essence of what fashion is: artifice.

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A Lighter Side of Japan: The Work of Ume Kayo

Art, Japan, Photography

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Ume Kayo is a fine art photographer recognized for her playful images of life in Japan. While there is still debate about the value of this type of “vernacular” photography, Kayo has been extraordinarily successful. Her first book Ume-me sold over 110,000 copies and earned her the prestigous Kimura Ihei Award. Since then she’s produced two more books Danshi, about the escapades of schoolboys, and Jichan-sama, about her grandfather.

I’m not sure of the artistic merit of these images, but the real question is whether they’ll make you laugh. Enjoy!

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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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Tokyo’s Twilight: Photo’s by Sato Shintaro

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Shintaro Sato is a photographer known for his iridescent images of Tokyo’s twilight. Sato takes his photographs the old-fashioned way using his Toyo 4 x 5 camera, and yet the photos give the illusion of digital manipulation. This surreal quality is enhanced by the lack of people, as if the city was a miniaturized set. You can visit his official website or even buy his book Tokyo Twilight Zone available here.

 

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Street Art by Buff Monster

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Buff Monster is an artist living in Hollywood. He began as a street artist, putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and further afield. He now exhibits in galleries, producing fine art paintings, limited edition toys and other select design work. The colour pink is something of a trademark of his work, along with the influence of heavy metal, ice cream and Japanese culture. This is a selection of his earlier street work, you can see more of his art here.

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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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