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Cosplay Hits the Catwalk

March 28, 2012 / 0 Comments

Japanese fashion designer Mikio Sakabe’s Autumn/Winter 2011-12 was inspired by the Tokyo district of Akihabara, which is home to a subculture of star karaoke singers and performers and their devoted followers. The fashions are also based on the culture of gaming, comic books, manga and cosplay (short for “costume play”).

“[C]osplay is such an interesting thing,” Sakabe told Junsuke Yamasaki of Vice magazine*. “Traditionally western fashion has always been concerned with making yourself look better, whatever that means, but on the other hand, cosplay is for people who want to transform themselves.”

In a similar vein, Sakabe’s Spring-Summer 2012 collection was inspired by princesses.

*interview and photo  in Vice: The Fashion Issue, March 2012, vol 10, no 2

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