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Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:49 pm
A complete history of Japanese cutie girls, 1997-2007

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Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)

So over the years, they just happened to have groups of girls who'd just walk in, wearing matching, up-to-date outfits? Sorry, but I smell a fashion photographer cherry-picking at the very least...

Well, fashion itself is of course a conspiracy! When people all over are wearing the same thing, there's more to it than meets the eye!

I think when you add filters and editing to that "conspiracy" you get a selectivity which can look like styling but isn't. For instance, Cafe Soso (where many of the Shift pictures have been shot since about 2000) attracts a fashion and design-conscious clientele. And the photographer picks who to photograph, and then the editor presumably selects from within that selection, narrowing it down to the requisite ten girls.

But, again, that's how Shoichi Aoki's magazines work too, or any street fashion website. It's all someone's eye, picking and choosing from what's out there.


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