Sunday, April 19, 2009

Crazy Japanese Fashion

We saw some exhibits at The Perelman Building, which is part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The exhibit I really wanted to see was Hello! Fashion.  

The exhibit focuses on the Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto who, among other things, created the wardrobe for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust stage persona.  The outfits displayed are mostly from the 1970s.

The awesome outfit to the right, ahem, *left* was described in the exhibit as consisting of a body suit, chaps, cape, and platform clogs.  Oh, yeah!  Those are, like, the top four things you are always hoping are in an outfit, right?  Wait.  Those are the top four things that you wish *aren't* in your outfit.  Ha!

Actually, though, I love the huge, graphic images he used in the outfit.  The body suit is knitted (it looks sorta intarsia-y) and I'd totally buy a sweater (not a body suit) like it if I saw it at the store.

My favorite outfit, though was this "play set" which consists of shorts, a shirt, arm guards, leg guards ... oh, yeah, I almost forgot ... and a felt helmet.  I'm not sure what sort of "play" you are supposed to engage in while wearing this outfit, but I totally want to find out!

The black and white print fabric is amazing.  The red ties on the limb guards are a nice touch, too.  It's actually an adorable outfit (for a 6-foot, skinny chick).  But the helmet.  Really?  These are crappy phone pictures ... it's much more striking in person.

The exhibit had a handful of other interesting sartorial specimens on display.  It was pretty cool.  If you have a chance, check it out.  And, while you're at it, spend some time in the Daido Moriyama: Tokyo Photographs exhibit.  It's awesome!
7 Comments leave a comment

scatterbox said ...
All I can think of when I look at that felt helmet thing is the blue diva from The Fifth Element...
4/19/2009 8:54 PM

Ceci said ...
That is beyond beyond awesome. I think I'm going to have to make that helmet now.
4/20/2009 5:01 AM

nancymoo said ...
I lived in Japan for a little while and some of the real-life fashion isn't too far off from that...
I definitely could see that cape as a funky wall hanging. I love the bold colors!
4/20/2009 7:51 AM

deirdre said ...
Those outfits are great! I love the fabric in both. The felt helmet I might leave at home, though. :)
4/20/2009 3:43 PM

3rdEyeMuse said ...
Wow! this makes me wish I lived way closer to PA - thanks for sharing your visit and the links. :)
4/20/2009 6:29 PM

marietta said ...
4/21/2009 1:00 AM
stephanie Q. said ...
those are some stylishious clothes....
5/17/2009 9:38 AM


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