Friday, August 14, 2009

seven samurai

Vogue Hommes Japan
(hedi slimane for vogue homme japan's 1st issue)

disclaimer: i will make no apologies for blogging about so many japan-related things.

you know how some people say they never have any regrets?

i do. have regrets that is. for my 4th year collection in fashion school i wish i went with my gut instinct, and took inspiration from a samurai armour exhibit i saw at the v&a in london. i took a trip to europe the summer before 4th year and as soon as i saw that exhibit, i knew i wanted to do something with the weaving and lacing seen in the armour. alas, my collection was nothing even remotely like this and i regret it till this very day. things happen (school happens) and i second guessed myself and did "what i thought is should do", which really kills me. i should have just done what i wanted and fought the instructors to the end. i wish i could go back.

ever since that summer i have been completely enamored by samurai armour, and was lucky to see some more in various museums during our 2 trips to japan this year.

one place that i wish we could have gone (well, we did go, but it was closed) is 'gallery samurai' in aoyama. apparently they have museum-quality samurai armour and other antique japanese curios for sale. i'm dreaming of a super-industrial loft with samurai armour on display... maybe one day!

gallery samurai
2-7-18 kita aoyama
minato-ku, tokyo
map here
go up the narrow winding staircase to 4F

4 comments:

-h said...

im a sucker for samurai armor too. it's so fascinating. on style like u one of the women, elizabeth burns, is wearing authentic samurai pants. amazing!

keep on w/ the japan posts! i am checking out your samurai link now.

i have my fashion school regrets too :/

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Michael J Pierce said...

I can't find this picture anywehere else! I can't find it search for the vogue description you provided and the link in your post are long since gone. I hope you keep this blog up still to respond :D

Michael J Pierce said...

I can't find this picture anywehere else! I can't find it search for the vogue description you provided and the link in your post are long since gone. I hope you keep this blog up still to respond :D