We know that anime fashion exists in Japan, but now Western designers are paying more attention to how Japanese sequential art can inspire their creations.
Town & Country Magazine caught up with a few people involved in this latest fashion trend.
“I studied Japanese growing up and ended up living in Tokyo for a summer when I was 16,” said Jeremy Scott about the Rose of Versailles influence in his 2020 Moschino show. “Reading manga was one of the ways I worked on my language skills, so naturally anime is a source of artistic inspiration for me.”
Otaku and artist Reggieknow has also been tapped by Louis Vuitton for his anime knowledge, and in the past the company’s Nicolas Ghesquière has used similar inspiration for spins on anime fashion.
“The future is bright for manga,” enthused Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, who set up a giant manga exhibit at the British Museum. “If manga weren’t there, fashion would have had to invent it.”
Source: Town & Country Magazine
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Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates , with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.