The Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk

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Kodansha International, 2007 - Design - 222 pages
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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

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User Review  - TracyRowan - LibraryThing

If you're the sort of person who wants desperately to bark at kids on the street: "Pull up your pants! Tie your shoes! How can your mother let you go out looking like that?" please don't bother with ... Read full review

The Tokyo look book: stylish to spectacular, goth to gyaru, sidewalk to catwalk

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Armed with a PhD in Tokyo street fashion, anthropologist Keet hits the pavement to interview and profile several distinct tribes of fashionable Tokyo youth in this eye-catching style guide. Keet ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

PHILOMENA KEET is currently carrying out doctoral research into Tokyo street fashion with London University's School of African and Oriental Studies. YURI MANABE is a Tokyo-based photographer whose work has appeared in a variety of prestigious music and fashion magazines.

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