Often I’ve been asked where I look for fashion inspiration, and although there’s no simple answer, the short answer is: anywhere but fashion. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration; I do follow street style blogs, and on a semiannual basis I’ll look at a fashion magazine.
But everything I know about fashion can be attributed to things besides fashion. For example: I’ve no doubt that my penchant for big bows and full skirts derives from my love of Sailormoon, nor do I doubt that My Little Pony had a profound effect on my love of multi-colored hair. Hell, I even dyed my hair red at the age of 16 after an Evangelion marathon (and have kept it for the past six years).
Below are just a few non-fashion influences that have shaped my personal style over the years. What are some non-fashion sources that you look to for inspiration?
Michiru & Haruka, Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon
“The Artist’s Model”, Benes Knüpfer
“Space 3″, Aya Takano (via Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin)
Jacquelyn Jablonski by Thomas Lagrange (via Fashion Gone Rogue) (yes, I’m cheating a bit here! But really it’s the mood that’s inspiring)
My Little Pony: Escape from Katrina (via Tumblr) (yep, I went there)
The Holy Mountain, 1973, Alejandro Jodorowsky (screencap via film110)
Samejima Mamimi, aka The Native Girl, from FLCL
Miwako from Paradise Kiss, Ai Yazawa
Chungking Express, 1994, Wong Kar-Wai
The Last Unicorn