de rigueur is an interesting new online publication from japan that focuses on making and wearing clothes, and finding inspiration through fashion. it aims to present a curated approach to fashion, from any period and discipline, through original documents and conversations with artists, thinkers, and last but not least the fashion designers themselves. by doing so, de rigueur critically questions the notion of beauty, and attempts to redefine the idea of fashion, beyond the usual 'what's hot right or not' and even the big hoopla that is today's fashion industry. de rigueur #3 is out now, and this issue explores the notion of identity through conversations with japanese - but not necessarily japan-based - artists. chim↑pom is an artist collective based in tokyo. they found renewed inspiration after the 2011 tohoku earthquake and fukushima meltdown. mai ueda is a kyoto-born artist currently living in new york. her work sits between music, fashion, and performance. born from a british mother and a japanese father, simon fujiwara lives in berlin. he has made his work a journey of personal discover’. photographer chikashi suzuki was a witness - and a participant - of the emerging new photography of the mid 1990s. fancy a copy? then click [here] to order yours.
© de rigueur - cover of issue #3