Tuesday, 27 November 2012

butoh's quintessential elegance

Less than one month has passed since my latest post
about the Oriental-inspired fashion trend which has been
widely celebrated both in runway shows and fashion
editorials yet it shows to be still fast on track extending
across the new year. The sophisticated and culturally
rich tradition of Far East clothing is an everlasting spark
plug for designers and stylists that, whether it's reinterpreted
as customary or groundbreaking, each time adds an
incomparable sense of quintessential elegance.

Dazed & Confused December editorial takes inspiration
from traditional Japanese butoh, the range of activities
and techniques for dance, performance and movement.
Involving playful or grotesque imagery, butoh is traditionally
performed in white body make-up with slow hyper-controlled
motion which is subtly evoked as ”a serene spirit that moves
suddenly and powerfully, as every fractured step counts...”

The imperceptible movements of butoh dancers and their
sublime mien are handily recreated through gorgeous items
selected from spring 2013 collections by Givenchy, Prada,
Haider Ackermann, Gucci and Balenciaga by Nicolas
Ghesquiere to name just a few, by London-based stylist
and Dazed executive fashion editor Cathy Edwards who,
assisted by Emma Corbetti, put together the butoh-inspired
looks skillfully rendered by renowned Swedish 
fashion photographer Julia Hetta.
A Far East feast for our thirsty eyes.

> all images © by Julia Hetta, style by Cathy Edwards/Dazed & Confused <

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