Paris Makes Manga Dreams Come True

Paris Makes Manga Dreams Come True

Mixing together virtual cyberculture and urban expression, a clothing movement inspired by manga characters has been pushing the envelope of fashion. Those who follow the manga fashion movement do not just wear the clothes, they also integrate the ideals of the movement into their entire ways of life. Now, guests staying at one of the Grands Hotels Parisiens can experience this innovative fashion wave for themselves, thanks to an exhibit being presented by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (European House of Photography). The exhibit is called 'Manga Dreams,' and it is the work of two photographers named Anderson & Low, who partnered up in order to reveal this unique world to a wider audience. The manga mode of life is the result of the desire of Japanese youth to express themselves and their understanding of the world in an imaginative way. This youth has experienced many changes over the years, and their style of dress has become an emotional and philosophical outlet for them. To this effect, they transform themselves into manga creatures in order to stand out from the crowd and assert their individuality. The exhibit presents roughly 20 photographs taken by Anderson & Low. During the shoots, the photographers supplied their subjects with costumes, makeup and props to make them look as if they had stepped right off the page of a manga comic. Moreover, the photographers also added special effects to the photographs in order to make the subjects look digitalized and enhance the backgrounds. The resulting exhibit is a fun look into the manga fashion revolution. Those who want to witness the photographers' manga creations should hurry and visit the Maison Européenne de la Photographie before August 27, 2012.