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Japanese Goth: Art and Design
     

Japanese Goth: Art and Design

by Ivan Vartanian, Tiffany Godoy
 
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

Overview

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.

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From the Publisher
“A delicate balance between the beautiful and the beastly that is Japanese Goth. In a fun new book, Tokyo-based fashion writer Tiffany Godoy paints an intriguing overall picture of the scene.” ~FashionTribes.com

"Lean on text and loaded with striking visuals from the realms of art, design and fashion, Japanese Goth (Universe) documents various strands of this mesmerizing cultural movement, from the Hello Kitty cute to The Cure-like creepy." ~The Atlantan Magazine

"The volume's 200-plus images reference the opulence, femininity, fetishism, innocence, and of course, death and the macabre, at the center of the Gothic Lolita and Gothic Punk movements." ~Nylon Magazine

"Godoy knows a lot about the heart and soul–and history–of genres broadly connected with Harajuku." ~The New York Times

"...what sets (Godoy) apart is the exploration into the ‘why’ factor of the look, with references to the nation’s Kabuki past and doll fascination." ~W Magazine

"Godoy knows a lot about the heart and soul–and history–of genres broadly connected with Harajuku." ~DigLuxury.com

"must-have book for all fashion enthusiasts." ~FashionDig.com

"With a gorgeously twisted mix of Victoriana, anime, punk, metal and club kid culture this book will serve any image starved designer, editor, photographer or stylist very very well." ~Imagist.com

Like the Japanese Goth herself, the 200-plus pages weave together a variety of influences-including fashion, music, art and design-to visualize a delicate balance of the beautiful and the macabre." "the book is all sorts of grotesque gorgeousness and definitely a little deviant." ~Refinery29.com

"Rather than simply provide us with an array of images that demonstrate the various manifestations of Japanese Goth fashions, this book examines the many influences that led to each subgroup's rise." ~SickaThanAverage.com

"It's out. available. and needs to be in the palm of my hands by the end of the weekend." ~DirtyFlaws.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789318527
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 6.34(h) x 0.85(d)

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Meet the Author

Tiffany Godoy is a Tokyo-based fashion writer who regularly contributes to Vogue Nippon, Interview, and V Magazine. She is also the author of Style Deficit Disorder: Tokyo Street Fashion
• Harajuku. Ivan Vartanian is an author based in Tokyo whose books include Drop Dead Cute: The New Generation of Women Artists in Japan, and Setting Sun: Writings by Japanese Photographers.

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