I was wondering if you know any book useful to study Harajuku fashion (since the beginning until now) & japanese street style in general that has some real information and data?
I already have “Japanese schoolgirl inferno”.
I made a list based on what I found on amazon, do you have these books? Are they ok? Do you know if I can download them somewhere?
—Albert Siegel’s Harajuku Girls
"HARAJUKU GIRLS is a collection of photographs giving a rare look into one of the various subcultures of Japan’s youth. With fashion styles ranging from Gothic Lolita to characters in movies, maga and anime, these girls show a part of Japan’s culture that is relatively unknown to the outside world.”
—The Tokyo Look Book: Stylish To Spectacular, Goth To Gyaru, Sidewalk To Catwalk
"Tokyo is home to the most creative and stylish fashion in the world. The Tokyo Look Book takes us on a dazzling journey through the streets, clubs, and boutiques of this trendsetting city to introduce us to the people who wear the latest fashions and the people who make them. Crammed with cool, full-color photographs of Tokyo’s trendy teens and twenty-somethings captured candidly as they work and play, this is a comprehensive look at the richly varied fashion scenes that thrive in Japan’s capital city — from the “gal” mecca of Shibuya, to the goths and cosplayers who hang out on Jingubashi bridge on Sundays, through the cutting-edge kids on the Harajuku backstreets, to the stylish young professional men and women on Omotesando Boulevard.
Yuri Manabe’s distinctive photographic portraits are complemented by insightful text from British anthropologist and fashion expert Philomena Keet, who offers witty and informative background information on each of the fashion scenes introduced, and a plethora of soundbites and quotes from the featured fashionistas. In addition, there are interviews and spotlights on Tokyos hottest fashion designers, magazines and boutiques, including:
· SHIBUYA 109: Shibuyas iconic shopping mall
· GLAD NEWS: One of 109s leading boutiques
· REIKO NAKANE: A former trendsetting charisma109 shop girl, now producer of her own fashion label
· MANA: Japanese pop star and designer of Elegant Gothic Lolita brand, Moi-meme-Moite
· H.NAOTO: Creator of the popular goth/punk brand
· TAKUYA ANGEL: Creator of the cult cyber-kimono brand
· TEAM MESSAGE: Designer of skate/streetwear brands
· DOG: Owner of a cult street-fashion boutique
· SHOICHI AOKI: Creator of the influential street-fashion magazine FRUiTS
· GARCIA MARQUEZ GAUCHE: The husband-and-wife team behind this stylish brand for young women
· 5351 POUR LES HOMMES: A fashionable mens brand
· TOKYO FASHION WEEK: A peek behind the scenes
· MANNENYA: Purveyor of traditional Japanese workmens outfits”
—Style Deficit Disorder: Harajuku Street Fashion - Tokyo
"The Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo has become an international style mecca, a street-level fashion scene prowled by major designers looking for inspiration, and whose local, cutting-edge labels enjoy global cache. Style Deficit Disorder is the first book to explore this remixed, fast-forward fashion hotbed, profiling its most daring and influential designers, labels, stylists, and shops (including Comme des Garons, Hysteric Glamour, Super Lovers, A Bathing Ape, and Laforet). Featuring nearly 200 photos, essays by key Japanese fashion editors, and commentary by Edison Chen, Patricia Field, John Galliano, Shawn Stussy, Shu Uemura and others, this is a must-have, insider’s look at an international fashion and pop culture epicenter, past, present, and future.”
"This book is a visual foray into Japan’s popular and influential Gothic-Lolita and Gothic Punk subculture. It showcases a creative lifestyle synthesized from a remix of Victoriana, the macabre, anime, and theatricality, drawing on the early punks of the ’70s and ’80s and the club kids of the ’90s. Japanese Goth blends disparate elements of global pop culture into something fun, stylish, and unique—part Marilyn Manson, part Hello Kitty. It attracts established figures from Tokyo’s trendsetting fashion, art, and design scenes, and has inspired the next generation of designers, tastemakers, and fashionistas. Featured here are key designers, artists, and personalities including Mana & Gackt, Kokusyoku Sumire, Ayako-S, Koitsukihime, Gloomy Bear, and many others.”
—Japanese Street Style
"Japanese Street Style is the first book to showcase innovative and cutting-edge fashions from Tokyo, one of the strongest and fastest-growing style capitals in the world. Tapping into Japan’s rich culture, its fashion scene is an exciting blend of traditional dress and innovative modernity.
The book features stunning one-of-a-kind photographs of all the major fashion tribes, from Gothic Lolita and Harajuku to Dolly Kei, Ganguro, and Kigurumi to the popularity of the furry tail.
Inspiring and thought-provoking, Japanese Street Style provides an unprecedented look at an enormously influential current trend in the fashion world— Galliano, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Alexander McQueen have all looked to Tokyo for inspiration from its rich visual culture, fine textiles, and craftsmanship techniques. This first-look guide to contemporary Japanese fashion is a must-read for anyone interested in fashion, trends, and culture.”
—Fashioning Japanese Subcultures
"Western fashion has been widely appreciated and consumed in Tokyo for decades, but since the mid-1990s Japanese youth have been playing a crucial role in forming their own unique fashion communities and producing creative styles which have had a major impact on fashion globally.
Geographically and stylistically defined, subcultures such as Lolita in Harajuku, Gyaru and Gyaru-o in Shibuya, Age-jo in Shinjuku, and Mori Girl in Kouenji, reflect the affiliation and identities of their members, and have often blurred the boundary between professionals and amateurs for models, photographers, merchandisers and designers.
Based on insightful ethnographic fieldwork in Tokyo, Fashioning Japanese Subcultures is the first theoretical and analytical study on Japan’s contemporary youth subcultures and their stylistic expressions. It is essential reading for students, scholars and anyone interested in fashion, sociology and subcultures.”
—Kawaii ! Japan’s culture of cute
'Kawaii !' Roughly meaning 'cute', it's a word you'll hear everywhere in Japon, where anything can be cute, from food to aeroplanes, fashion, hotels and even bus shelters. But why do the Japanese love adorable things so much ? And where did this uniquely Japanese sense of style come from ? Kawaii ! Japan's Culture of Cute will take you on a visual journey into cute design, food, fashion, art and crafts, exploring kawaii in all its forms. From the biggest names in the history of kawaii illustration to people who have made kawaii their way of life, from schoolgirls to fashionistas, it shows how this Japanese invention has taken over the world.
Can someone please help me find informations about geishas (that can be trusted)?
Articles, books, whatever.