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Japanese Goth Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“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
About 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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When I first began to fall in love with this book and then realised it included examples of Ryo Yoshida's doll art my mind was made up... I had to have it. Gorgeous illustrations and photographs covering a vast array of artistic and fashion related examples including the works of Illustrator Yoh, ball jointed doll artist Ryo Yoshida, illustrator and Lolita fashion brand Angelic Pretty's Kira Imai, Manga Artist Mitsukazu Mihara, the gorgeous illustrative art of Takato Yamamato, exampls of the works of fashion designer h.NAOTO, tthe doll art of Mari Shimizu.... just to name a few. A visually rich feast for the eyes, I highly recommend it.