Monday, 14 February 2011

Japanese Street Style

Japanese Street Style - an exhibition of photography and moving image

Preview Thursday 3rd March at 18.00 -2100

The Museum of Club Culture, 10 Humber Street, Hull HU1 1TG

A photographic and moving image exhibition chronicling and documenting the lesser known urban streetstyles and eclectic underground sub cultures of Japanese clubland.

The exhibition features photographs capturing emerging trends and the numerous styles of dress found in underground clubs in cities throughout Japan from the economic boom of the 1980s to the present day.

There are no limitations to Japanese streetstyle and the photographs document a strange world of theatrical mixing and creative matching of styles, genres and historical influences.The highly individualistic and avant-garde styles and looks range from Victorian era influenced Gothic Lolitas , Bosozuku biker gangs, tanned Ganguro Gals to punks, preppys, hip hop b boys and jazz loving beatniks.

Immersed in the weird and wonderful world of Japanese nightlife since 1988, artist Mark Wigan has photographed and filmed these club kids, fashion aficionados, party animals, deejays and artists in the vibrant Harajuku district of Tokyo, within the neon saturated throbbing DJ Bars and drinking dens of Osaka and Nagoya and the concrete and steel subterranean nightspots of Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Exhibition runs until April 7. Open weekends 11-5pm or by appointment during the week. Free entry.

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