Japanese Goth by Tiffany Godoy and Ivan Vartanian, Universe, 2009.
Japan's impact on fashion has been undeniable... especially the alternative fashion culture as found today in districts such as Harajuku where Japanese teens redefine fashion on the streets everyday. The world of Japanese Goth is difficult to define according to Tiffany Godoy, a fashion writer who spent many years in Japan. She shows us how bits of Rococo and Marie-Antoinette inspired lace and frill, mixed with dark colors and harsh black & white makeup, created the flamboyant Gothic Lolita style. The imaginative style is a mixture of elements from mythology, contemporray aand clssic art, as well as literature... creating a delicate balance between between the beautiful and the macabre that is Japanese Goth.
The book features clothing designs from Mukuro, Laforet Underground Collection, Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and h.Naoto. Art and photography from popular Japanese artists, pictures of dolls from designers Mari Shimizu, Katan Amano, and Ryo Yoshida as well as musical and performance groups are also represented in this must-have book for all fashion enthusiasts.