This book is a visual foray into Japan’s popular and influential Gothic Lolita and Gothic Punk subculture. It showcases a creative lifestyle synthesized from a remix of Victoriana, the macabre, anime, and theatricality, drawing on the early punks of the ’70s and ’80s and the club kids of the ’90s. Japanese Goth blends disparate elements of global pop culture into something...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 2009 by Universe Publishing
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The selection of artwork, photography and fashion is interesting and beautiful. I have no issues with the selection. My issues are with the layout of the book, where large pieces/photos are spread across two pages with the fold in a crucial place, smaller photos getting a whole page to themselves when they could've fit a couple on there, and medium-sized spreads having one full page and the opposite page completely blank. I don't know if this is the standard layout for arty photobooks but I don'...more
It's a collection of fashion photos and art with minimal text that essentially makes the point that the gothic aesthetic in Japan has morphed into its own beautiful and profound visual culture. The nice thing is the inclusion of many things that might not be automatically described as goth. Some of the book is big rosaries and heavy eye make-up lace etc.; some of it could be described as the art and fashion of the uncanny. But upper echelon goths will tell you that goth comes in many shapes, siz...more