Maki Taguchi, a designer of Angelic Pretty -a Lolita brand that is representative of that genre of Japanese fashion. ”Angelic Pretty” revolves around the idea of “kawaii” clothes that look like they could be fit for a princess with beautiful lace, ribbons, and frills straight from storybooks that young children read.
Over the past five years that I’ve been involved in cultural diplomacy, the person I’ve shared the most ups-and-downs with would have to be model, Aoki Misako.
What do today's youth feel about their environment? What are they trying to express through the clothes they wear? "World Fashion Snap" - current fashions and insight from around the globe.
In our 2nd installment of “World Fashion Snaps” we visit Seoul – the epicenter of Korean fashion. Following Tokyo and Hong Kong, Seoul has drawn some global attention fashion-wise in its own right. From local to global brands we hope to cover all current Korean trends.
Yun*chi is under the spotlight as a next-generation artist bringing Harajuku aomojikei culture to the world. We spoke to her about pop culture, her musical roots and herself.
Oftentimes referred to as the ‘The Gateway to Asia,’ we have decided to start in the metropolitan city of Fukuoka for the first round of our "World Fashion Snaps" series. The people of Fukuoka have great taste in fashion and the city itself has a growing reputation for being one of the trendiest in all of Japan!
One is all it takes. Just make one friend from another country and your view of that country will change completely. That’s what I believe to be the fundamental truth behind all foreign diplomacy.
As I wrote in my previous article, in the lead up to the close of the 2012 Doha International Book Fair, the “Japan booth” at the event hosted its own “Kawaii Fashion Show” – the first fashion show of its kind to be held in the city of Qatar!
Japan's "Okayama Denim" is considered among the highest quality denim in the world. An event was held in Singapore recently to showcase Okayama Denim to a broader Asian audience and show the people of Singapore why this Japan-made product has come to be labelled a world-class brand in its own right.
I first met Aoki Misako in February 2009. At the time I was on a panel of advisers to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, searching for candidates for the “Kawaii Ambassador” project and Aoki Misako just happened to be one such candidate who seemed perfect for the role.
Moscow's "J FEST" has become a signature event of the winter season in Moscow and is now in its fourth year – the most recent installment being held in December last year (2012). It’s the largest Japanese pop culture event of its kind in Moscow and the main attraction has remained constant from the very beginning: the fashion show.
“When I stood up on stage, I found out just how much love for Japan there is.”
That’s what singer and voice actress, Makino Yui, said to me backstage after her performance at J FEST in Moscow.
In the second edition of our [POWER OF GIRLS from TOKYO] series, we introduce Higashi Kanae, who is the organizer of“Hakuchumu”, a corroborative event between young female creators born in the Heisei era. Hakuchumu crosses boundaries of fashion and art, and Higashi Kanae just loves the power generated by the girls working together, as they bring their brave new world of culture to all corners of the globe - culture created by the powerful potion of girls expressing themselves in a way that up to now has been taboo to speak of.