Big in Japan...

Back to town after my -always amazing- greek summer holidays and I find myself trying to οvercome fall's depression by escaping in far away destinations of style and inspiration...

And what's more exotic and aesthetically unique than the japanese culture?

So sit back and enjoy my art & design trip to the far east...in other words, my Japanese Obsessions!!!

 

Starting with Design, I've always been a fan of the prewar (1920's-30's) posters & magazine covers...Some of the most inspired illustrations of this period can be found on...match boxes!!! I simply adore the vivid colors, the multiple layering and the fragile elegance of the figures!

Few of my favorites below....

 

 

As for Japanese Art, there is only one name that comes into my mind, an artist that has always been an icon to me, a real influencer for conceptual art and avant-garde, Yayoi Kusama!!!

Repeated patterns, decorative elements in a riot of bright colours is what made her famous and attracted millions of fans worldwide..Pop art definitely ows her a lot!

It's simple. She loves dots. I love dots. I love her!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, Japanese Fashion!!

Minimalism, geometry, emphasis on the material, all these lead to infinity of style!

The greatest fashion designers who came out of this country are two. 

The first one is Issey Miyake! His clothes are more than a garment...they are art which adopts to the shapes and sizes of individual wearers! I also love his influences from ancient greek art and industrial design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 2nd favorite is Yohji Yamamoto, perhaps the most recognized and influential fashion designer of Japan and of the world's industry of fashion as I believe!

Innovative, futuristic design and tailoring is what characterizes him. Two more reasons for me to love him are the following:

1. Black, which dominates in his designs...

2. Pleats, which remind me so much of ancient greek art & sculptures...

 

How he defines his fashion philosophy?

''I think that my men's clothes look as good on women as my women's clothing on men''...

 

 

 

 

And because the best way to capture the atmosphere and the aesthetics of this beautiful country is music,I think that if there was a soundtrack for this post, it would definitely be this...

The music from one of my favorite japanese movies, "In The Mood For Love", a movie filled with nostalgia and sensuality, a masterpiece of romance & unfulfilled desire, a film of pure japanese elegance...

 

 

 

 

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