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Style Deficit Disorder: Harajuku Street Fashion - Tokyo

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The Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo has become an international style mecca, a street-level fashion scene prowled by major designers looking for inspiration, and whose local, cutting-edge labels enjoy global cache. Style Deficit Disorder is the first book to explore this remixed, fast-forward fashion hotbed, profiling its most daring and influential designers, labels, styli ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 13th 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Dec 02, 2012 Bridget rated it liked it
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while it a very beautiful book about tokyo counterculture fashion, I had some serious trouble reading the stylized fonts and strangely portioned sections. however, the pictures are unique and features great facts not found in other books about the fashion of Harajuku. I loved all the old Laforet ads and the history of many of the famous brands of the area. I loved the content, but the way it was presented was just a little too much on the eyes.
May 18, 2011 Dani is currently reading it
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The easiest way to run Harajuku street fashion parallel with American culture is simply that the sudden influence of American fashion appearing in Japan in the 1960s and 70s inspired many of the new designers to step up and begin to release their new designs based off of the new styles appearing from overseas. The focus of these designers were the younger generations, those who were the most inspired by the new American styles. The immense differences from the original, traditional
"affluent refugees...curious complacency and an acceptance of deep disconnection...relish the new and can buy what they want...asy access to part-time work and expnading service economy ...not reliant on pparents...this generation has a new independence regardless of their maturity levels". p 217,8

This blurb needed to be at beginning to put what was coming in context. This clothing or actually - costuming - is not shocking due to overt sexuality - there is little of that or body mutilations that
Jul 08, 2012 Koenjicalling rated it it was ok
I really was surprised when I picked up this book as it looks like a cheap coffee table book on that scandalously wacky Japan, like so many of the recent pop-japan offerings that have come out in the US. I was VERY delighted to find it was accurate, well researched and offered a lot of content that has previously never been collected into such an English language resource.

I sometimes teach on Japanese subculture and really wanted to require this book for my students. I can't, however, and this a
Oct 21, 2012 Kylie rated it really liked it
For me this book was the perfect companion to The Tokyo Look Book, going more in-depth into the history and influence of Japanese designers. I would've liked more photos of the actual products though, as some brands only had their advertising art pictured (often rather attractive, but still...).
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Jan 09, 2011 Allison Thurman rated it really liked it
Still digesting the information in this book. Visually it's wonderful fun, but the story of the evolution of Tokyo's Harajuku "scene" and the economy, marketing and (especially) consumption patterns are so separate from what goes on in the West that its a real eye-opener.
Feb 04, 2008 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Sure the topic is cool, and the pictures are cool, but this book is truly a graphic designers dream. The composition of each page is fresh and original.
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