By invited, I mean that this year, I'm helping to run the fashion show portion of the program.
There is a fashion designer, Amandia Reese Craig, also working on the same project, so I don't feel alone or particularly nervous. This being my first fashion show, I'm slightly panicking... like I always do... and then I grit my teeth, get on with it, and somehow stuff usually turns out okay. Plus, there will be a makeup artist team, so that makes things easier!
I'm mainly worried about a few things: importing tabi and shoes to match outfits, and finding clothes that will fit the models, as most of mine are Japanese-sized, and American women are built bigger. We tend to be taller, broader in shoulder and hips, and that makes it difficult without startup money to provide something in the way of 25 outfits.
|Akiya, Guitarist - Kaggra|
As someone who sought out visual kei bands, Kaggra was a favourite for their fashion as well as their music. Where many bands began to imitate Dir en grey, Malice Mizer, and generally became fashion-parodies of themselves, Kaggra remained pretty much themselves, favouring a mix of kimono and modern clothing that represented their style of music. While I think the fashion show in this case would have a less disheveled look to it (mostly to keep the kimono clean and off the ground), the bright colours, patterns, and less-restricted methods of wearing clothing is encouraging and inspiring to me. If only I had a few bangasa laying about!
Or a kanzashi set ala "The Cat Who Walked Through Walls". I want one of those too, for the sheer geek factor and future-coolness.
Let it be known: Wa-fashion is ALWAYS "in". The rest of the world just forgets that sometimes.