Beauty:Beast 90’s Barb-Wire Wallet
The Japanese fashion label began in 1990 by the designer Takao Yamashita who was born in Nagasaki-city, Kyushu. The first collection was presented in 1991 along with the rise of the urban culture in the famous district of Harajuku, which catapulted it to it’s stardom. It is currently considered as a cult brand amongst Japan, Like his peers, Yamashita is inspired by the punk culture of America. However, it moves away from the “careless” style of Takahashi’s Undercover & Miyashita’s Number Nine; and approaches other topics such as religion, fairytales and iconography. Yamashita spoke on Christian influences on his brand stating in an interview “ Nagasaki- city has a rich historical culture which came from Christian persecution back in the day. There was a group of people who used an upside-down cross to suppress secret Christians. “ When asked about the Bible references such as ezekiel 25:17 Yamashita said “ It might be related to my childhood in Nagasaki, but I don’t belong to any religious group. What I am interested in is the approach of a metaphor applying to many religions not just one religion itself. Religions have rich stories which have the absolute symbol of god. They have difficulties and happiness through their histories and many customs and styles which let people believe, love and sympathize with that religion for many many years. Those metaphors make the world expand with bible and scripture.” He designs t-shirts, blouses, parkas and accessories that would be considered odd/curious, an example, a giant safety pin from AW 98-99. His bondage influence is said to come from Westwoods & Mclarens SEX/SEDITIONARIES Shop and has collaborated with Japanese punkesk brands such as Undercover & 20471120, which are part of the 90’s & 2000’s Japanese wardrobe.
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