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With the title Carnaval du abilletage-Grimm’s Forest, Tokyo corset designer Bambi celebrates her store’s second anniversary

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When I first interviewed corset designer Bambi way back in 2008, she was still a relatively unknown designer at Succubus. How things have changed over the last five years. Since Bambi launched her own corset specialty shop abilletage two years ago, her popularity has surged.

Yesterday, she celebrated abilletage’s second anniversary with a fantastic—in the literal meaning—celebration at Tokyo’s religious goth themed Christon Cafe.

Named Carnaval du abilletage-Grimm’s Forest, the event attracted a large number of uniquely dressed people who were entertained by a show based on fairytales by the Grimm brothers. The interpretations of the Grimm stories brought back some of the original darkness of these stories with a generous helping of sexy elegance mixed in.

The show and the incredible costumes of the visitors, combined with jazz and music from the middle ages (yes, really!), created a fantastical atmosphere that made visitors feel like they had just been transferred to another dimension. One of the songs played, very appropriately featured a circus theme. What yesterday’s visitors felt must have been very similar to what visitors felt at early European circuses. A feeling of having been lifted out of reality, and having been transported to another place and time.

The photos can’t do justice, but I hope you like them nonetheless.

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Performer Yukie

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(left to right) Satomi, Missa and Hisako (Hisatam)

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Mayumi (left) and Chiho

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Kokusyoku Sumire

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Lovers Yuki and Rena

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Singer and composer Iruma Rioka

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Designer Miku (Ameko)

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Origami artist Oshirichan (left) and her friend Amica

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Illustrator Satsuki

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Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

I can not explain how I enjoyed these photos, it is so imaginative and beautiful. Great Work, as always

Beatriz
Jul 15, 2013 (1493 days ago)

These pictures are great! I wonder if anyone took video – from the pics, I definitely want to watch! The outfits are beautiful and inspiring

Rebecca Marie
Jul 15, 2013 (1493 days ago)

@Beatriz & Rebecca Marie: Thank you. It was even better in real. I actually hesitated between shooting still or a movie (I couldn’t do both), but decided to go for still because I felt it might get the mood across better.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jul 15, 2013 (1493 days ago)

Yo! This must have been such an extravagant evening!

Kimi
Jul 16, 2013 (1493 days ago)

Beautiful photos. And the event must have been amazing!
But isn’t that Exo-Chika from Aural Vampire in that long, light-green dress, with her blonde hair up? Or am I mistaken?

Mika--mi
Jul 17, 2013 (1492 days ago)

@Mika—mi: Good observation. Here’s a list of all the performers (sorry for the Japanese): Coppelia Circus (紫ベビードール), Bee TinyTot, Jane, Tsugumi, jajyu, 街子, Tamaki, ギュノ (紫ベビードール), 玉虫, RITA, CAY (Tokyo Dolores), Aloe(Tokyo Dolores), jiLL (Tokyo Dolores), 莉奈 (しましまSPANK), もか (しましまSPANK), なつみ (しましまSPANK), ちゃん・すー (しましまSPANK), ガブリエル, ひなどり, エキゾチカ (Aural Vampire), ALK, yoko.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jul 17, 2013 (1492 days ago)

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