Tartans: Blending Tradition with Modernity

  Mitaka City Gallery of Art et al. In Japanese     An authoritative compilation of tartans and their history.   Crossbarred patterns are common all over the world, but tartans, which originated in the Scottish Highlands and were systematized in the nineteenth century, have become a symbol of Scotland. This book provides a comprehensive look at the traditional aspects of tartans, including production method and coloration, as well as their modern adoption in e



  The importance of being elegant… A journey with the Sapeurs of Bacongo, a district of Brazzaville in the Congo, and the true birthplace of Sape,the religion of style. In the Congo"elegance" is very important.perhaps in no other country is a sense of style so crucially identified with its own cultural history. A significant part of this heritage in the "Sape" and the "Sapeurs"(Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) from the French "La Societ‘e des Ambianceur


  Bringing color into any day, Coci la elle makes hand-painted parasols, not two of them the same. Startling, beautiful, at times with a pinch of humor – the rich expressions of these delicately crafted umbrellas overf low the pages of this book with plentiful photographs and illustrations. As if in a drizzle of light and rain. Coci la elle Chika Higashi started Coci la elle in 2010, a one-item only shop for hand-made parasols–parasols that are painted or festooned with em


TOKYO fashon chronicle

Young people, walking through downtown areas of Harajuku and Shibuya, dressed however they want to dress. Street fashion is a style that expresses the "here, now" of cities where young people gather. In a time where an individual has a power to transmit information through social media, famous designers and brands have publicly expressed that they refer to street fashion as an idea source, making it difficult for us to ignore the power of street fashion. The essences of street fashion

VIVID MEISEN Kimono Avant-Garde in the Early

    Meisen is a kasuri (ikat) kimono that was widely popular from early to mid 1900s. With fresh designs, vivid colors and inexpensive price tags, women at the time adored Meisen. For those who dreamt of being an independent woman, Meisen gave them the means to look the way they longed for—working women who could exercise their sense of fashion out of the office. The Meisen kimono is an important historical item that genuinely reflects the modernization of Japan. M

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