What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Asian street fashion? Perhaps it is Tokyo’s wacky concoctions, a mishmash of styles combined with an ease that belies their complexity. This vibrant city has undoubtedly had a huge impact on the growth of Asian fashion, but there is startling originality to be found across the vast continent. Just as Tokyoites have a talent for absorbing many influences and expressing them in new ways, so the rest of Asia appears to be channelling an energy and drive for creative freedom, making bold fashion statements that scream innovation and individuality.
Photographer James Bent has spent the past few years travelling around Asia in pursuit of its unique approaches to fashion. From Bangkok’s seemingly effortless blend of vintage and modern to Seoul’s layered, sleek chic with a daring twist, the diverse results reveal an irresistible quality that unites Asian fashion as a whole: the refusal to conform to a uniform and conservative form of dress. Collectively, Bent's photographs take us on a vibrant visual journey of Asian fashion at its best, sparking our imaginations, inspiring fresh interpretations of style, and inviting us to view our own wardrobes in a new light.
'Some of the world’s most innovative street style … James has captured the originality found in the continent’s young fashionistas'
'A feast for the eyes … Sure to force us to take a mental step out of our style comfort zones'
'Stunning … You can’t really fault this book. It does exactly what it says on the tin … This is your first port of call for style inspiration and it doesn’t require a wifi password'
'James Bent’s ode to the chic inhabitants of Asian cities like Bangkok and Seoul … a surprising, refreshing and vibrant collection'
'Subjects run the gamut from black-coated health goths to pastel-haired sea-punks to fashionistas turning traditional kimonos into style statements. They serve as creative inspiration to the sartorially stunted'