What is so terrifying and ultimately so interesting about fashion is that it eats all subculture and takes it into itself. Nothing is authentic because everything can be immediately reproduced, which is why we get Celine minimalism in store at Zara way before we get it off the rack at Barneys. Punk? Sponsored by VOGUE. Power changes and is replicated and adopted in fashion, all the time. Mimicry of subcultures evidently makes you more interesting, and therefore more powerful.
When Karl Lagerfeld puts a model down the runway in a head-dress, he took the power from Native Americans and made a mask of it for fun. When Walter van Beirendonck put a white model in a head-dress — even if it said STOP RACISM in big red letters — he’s doing the same thing. Satire is a dead fish in fashion when you are considering the power play.”
Photoshoot + interview + fashion commentary on otaku culture, the difference between subculture and culture, Shin Ramyun and good design. What more do you need tbh?
Either Way LA collaboration with artist Dane Johnson’s painted clothing. Photographed by JUCO
Mi nah say nothing more…
1960s clothing commercial for Renown YeYe