Some of you may already be aware of my background in fashion and textiles, but not of my interest in Japanese Street Wear. I have long admired how these wonderful young people can adapt any period of European fashion wherever and whenever they choose to create a style of their very own. I love their ability to really enjoy the clothes they wear, regardless of what anyone else may think.
They have inspired me to produce a range of BJD doll clothes based on two of my current favourites . . . Natural and Mori.
Natural Kei is a much older style than Mori, dating back to the 70's. It has almost a pastoral, "Home on the Prairie" look to it, that is very close to nature. It tends to be slightly fitted with simple pinafores, aprons or long coats over long floral dresses. Colour and small floral prints are more noticeable and the multi layering and frayed edges which appear in Mori, are less apparent in Natural Kei.
Mori Kei takes inspiration from the forest, colours are very earthy and natural and the clothing is, for the most part, very loose almost A line in design. Mori girls like to dress in many layers using soft creams, shades of browns, very soft dusty blues, pastel pinks or pale moss like greens. Lace and boots play a large part in the overall look.
More recently, I have been looking at the mergence between Natural Kei and Mori Kei. A lot depends on your own perspective, there are some combinations that one person would call Natural, whereas another would refer to it as Mori. I like to think of my designs being an experimental combination of the two and have opened a new Etsy store to readily accommodate them . . .
As each design in my head, becomes a finished garment, they will be posted.
Here's a little preview of what's to come.