Yuniya Kawamura contributed an article titled “The Social Construction of Creative Producers and Consumers” in Notebook 2015 of the Cultures, […]
We are happy to announce the involvement of Dr. Yuniya Kawamura at RuffleCon 2015. She has done extensive academic work on alternative fashion, in particular those within the Japanese subcultures. She will be providing programming during our conference going over her work and giving presentations on youth subcultures.
1. Published by Yale University Press, the 240-page paperback catalogue contains 120 colour illustrations and retails for US$39.95/UK£29.99.
2. Maid cafes are a type of cosplay restaurant in which social and gender relationships are explored and expressed. Cosplayers make and wear costumes of their favorite manga and anime characters.
3. FIT Associate Professor of Sociology Yuniya Kawamura has published extensively on fashion and culture and is the author of The Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion and the forthcoming Japanese Youth as Producers of Fashion Subcultures. Hiroshi Narumi teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design and edits the Japanese journal Cosplay.
4. The wabi-sabi aesthetic projects a view of beauty that is imperfect and transient. It encompasses objects and pursuits from the humblest to fine art. In Eastern cultures, the division between "high" and "low" art blurs or dissolves when one considers the means and intention of the maker.
5. Japan Fashion Now, p20.
6. Ibid: 244.