Published: April 29, 2020
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By: Kayla Idesa Marie Timbol, Columbia College Chicago
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‘流行のファッション’ focuses on the trends of Asian fashion, as the name translates to “trendy fashion.” As an international student there are many cultural differences both big and small I notice, however, one difference that has caught my attention throughout this semester has been in the fashion. It has been interesting observing the differences in styles here in Chicago as opposed to what I see back home in Japan. There are certain trends that can be seen in both Asian fashion and Western fashion, however there is still a distinction between the two. From observing these fashion differences, I wanted to create a project based on showcasing Asian fashion trends that both me and other Asians I know wear. In regards to the composites, they were done to mimic that of Japanese fashion magazines. Living in Japan, many fashion magazines I saw were cramped with various shapes, colors, and words. It was due to that I wanted to incorporate compositing into my photos as a way to pay homage to the fashion magazines back home.
I have always had an interest in fashion photography and expressing my creativity through it. For this project, I utilized strobe lights, sweeps, and multiple models to help accomplish my vision. The models, all being Asian and chosen because their styles are similar to that of what I witness back home, were asked to bring outfits based of both personality and inspiration pieces I had shown them prior. Majority of the styles were urban and contemporary street style fashion, to showcase the aesthetics of both the formal side and more sensual side of the Asian look. The compositions were all done on Photoshop and based off of, as previously stated; Japanese magazines. These 13’x19’ prints are my introduction to the world of fashion photography as well as a way for others to be introduced to the world of Asian fashion.
Fashion is one of the oldest parts of our culture, as well as our identity and it only continues to evolve with each passing moment.