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Style Deficit Disorder: Harajuku Street Fashion - Tokyo Hardcover – December 13, 2007
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"Style Deficit Disorder is an awesome encyclopedic breakdown of [Harajuku].." —The Fader
"essential reading for anyone who wants to get the real lowdown on the fabled district." —Japan Times
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"Style Deficit Disorder" is a serious history lesson and study of Harajuku fashion, from the Post-war transformation of the district and the influence of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and the major changes in style brought by each successive decade. All of the major players are introduced, such as Okawa Hitomi and her shop Milk and the fashion band The Plastics whose look inspired Madonna's early designs. Magazines, such as Cutie, FRUiTS and TUNE are covered in detail, showing how their fashion editors were able to exert their power and change the decorated face of Japanese fashion.
Of course, as a fashion history "Style Deficit Disorder" is an explosion of colorful images, authentic street photographs and composed professional scenes. There are more than enough visuals here to satisfy anyone's lust for the sometimes-bizarre world of Japanese design, and a designer looking for influence and ideas would find this a valuable tool. But don't be fooled into thinking this is a coffee table flip book. The accompanying text is heavy enough to be used in a college course, and any serious student of fashion should have this book in their library.
Unlike other related books, the pictures here are well selected and match the subject of each chapter.
My only complain is that the text is so small it is unreadable without a magnify glass and I don't wear reading glasses either.
The book itself, not so much. The pages were starting to yellow, considering it is an older book. However, it shouldn't be that old. It was printed early 2000's. Not the sender's fault, but the manufacturer's. I also wasn't expecting the book cover to look the way it did. I assumed the photo itself was the cover, but it looks more like a photo with a white border as the cover. I guess I didn't look carefully. Anyway, the book's content's were informative and accurate, but the text for every 'chapter' was a little difficult to read. Decent book for information, but better as a coffee table book.
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The book is in awesome condition and I really enjoy the content!Published 3 months ago by Vanessa Alexandra
In-depth, great photographs, and awesome investigation into one of the most fast-paced fashion areas of Japan (and internationally).Published 4 months ago by Naomi
Yeah.... Ivan Vartanian has done his way as a top one today. So don't miss this book as it is really inspiring on street fashion culture.Published on March 17, 2014 by Scriptologo
once i talked to mammy god and she told me to have nothing but ling tao chiken for 4 years and i did now im a holy carrier for mammy godPublished on October 24, 2013 by serena
This is some wild serious Tokyo style with a little history. I expected a little more modern stuff though. But still, I like it. The pictures are cool.Published on September 23, 2013 by bertha
this is one of the greatest fashion books i have ever looked through and read. I have been in love with everything japanese for well over the past 6 years and this is very good at... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by nomvegannom
I was okay to look at much the writing was a bit boring for me. I want more info. than just pictures.Published on December 15, 2009 by Paula A. Cobian