Vanity Fair x Japanese Bondage

  • Editorial feature design focuses on medium that carries messages. This project incorporates the idea behind an article, "How the Japanese Art of Rope Bondage Hit Pop Culture," with the Vanity Fair Magazine. Vanity is a magazine of popular culture, fashion, and current affairs. It mostly uses images of celebrities as the main focus. On the other hand, the article talks about a new art form that is now emerging in Japan.

    Shibari, also known as kinbaku, is the Japanese art of rope bondage and means “the beauty of tight binding”. By the 19th century the practice had become sexualised. A lot of celebrities, including Lady Gaga, and Kiko Mizuhara have coorperated with the legendary photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki for their rope bondage art form.

    Rope art has definitely worked its way into popular fashion too with shibariinspired
    accents appearing on runways and editorials all over the world. Esinem, a pioneer of the UK scene, claimed that “The way that you put the rope on someone, it’s a language in itself. It’s an extension of my hands, of my will, my intent”. Besides, more experienced rope practitioners find the rope and skin are just a great combination.