‘Yabusame’ (流鏑馬) is a type of Japanese archery, performed while riding a horse. It was designed as a way to please and entertain the myriad of gods that watch over Japan, thus encouraging their blessings for the prosperity of the land, the people, and the harvest.
Considered a ritual rather than a sport because of its solemn style and religious connotations, the costumes worn are one of tradition and appear heavily printed and often embroided with billowing silhouettes.
Last season, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania’s Autumn-Winter 2010/2011 collection did not only takes inspiration from the silhouette and prints of Yabusame costumes but also the attitude and characterisations behind it.
Thick brush-strokes have been applied against a colour blocked background to create a modern calligraphy pattern. Colour blocking has also been used to create tribal inspired prints. These are matched with Westwood’s signature checks, tartans and chunky stripes.
Pieces such as the harem trousers and winged geometric coats and tunics have mirrored the silhouette of the Yabusame dress. Shoulders have also been made squarer too to give a stronger look. The emphasis on the collection is on layering and mismatching – putting together various prints, colours and textures to create a modern outfit.
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