For some, high-end fashion is far too intricate to understand. To those who are not accustomed to runway fashion and do not have an eye for it, the models may often appear to walk the runway in clown costumes. However, to the trained eye, the outfits of these runway models are magnificent.
Similarly, to New York-based photographer Thomas C. Card, the bold fashion of Tokyo is nothing but spectacular. Japan is quite known for their bizarre fashion styles and attention-grabbing trends.
We’ve seen what happens when a Japanese school has no dresscode for graduation and so students decide to make the event a giant cosplay party. We’ve even seen some of the most bizarre of photo trends become accepted without question. So we can expect no less from Japan when it comes to fashion trends.
While many people find popular Japanese fashion styles such as Harajuku and Lolita confusing, Card was intrigued by the street fashion that he spent months in Japan to document the various styles.
The 75- subject project is called “Tokyo Adorned” and focuses on the exploration of the culture behind this fashion.
“The thing I found absolutely amazing once I was on the ground in Tokyo was that the fashions were very much centered around the individual and less around the tribe,” Card explained. “In the early part of our production process, we were thinking of this as different tribes and groups that were very close and defined. I was thrilled when I got there to find that nearly all the girls really view this as an expression of themselves.”