Christian Dada 2012 S/S – SIGNAL / NOIZE

The 2012 S/S edition of Japan Fashion Week (aka Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) in Tokyo is under way! Several times each day,’s contributors are reporting back from runway shows and events all over town. Be sure to check out all of our Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo coverage.

On Thursday, October 20th, Japanese label Christian Dada showcased their 2012 Spring/Summer collection on the runway at belle salle SHIBUYA FIRST.

This is the first appearance of designer Masanori Morikawa’s edgy young brand at JFW, and only the second full collection by the brand. (You can see photos of and read about the Christian Dada 2011 A/W Collection here.) The brand pulls inspiration from punk iconography, Japanese military history, the streets of Tokyo, and whatever is on the creative young designer’s mind.

The Christian Dada 2012 S/S show at Japan Fashion Week was titled “SIGNAL / NOIZE”. The name is based on a video artwork called “S/N” by the Japanese artist collective Dumb Type. One of the members of Dumb Type, Furuhashi, used his struggles with HIV (which would eventually kill him) as inspiration for S/N. Christian Dada designer Masanori Morikawa, in turn, used the video performance as inspiration for his collection.

“SIGNAL / NOIZE” is an extremely dark and beautiful collection of womenswear. The show frequently crossed the line between fashion and art, with symbols of death bearing down on each model as they appeared from, then disappeared back into, the darkness. Christian Dada presented the kind of ambitious, emotional, and thought-provoking show – with edgy original fashion at its core – that is assured to be one of the highlights of Japan Fashion Week 2012 S/S.

Please click the Christian Dada photos below to see “SIGNAL / NOIZE” in high resolution.

Christian Dada 2012 Spring/Summer

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About the photographer:
As long as he is behind his camera Will is a happy man. He has photographed everything from the slums of Bangkok to the catwalks of Tokyo. He is a contract photographer for Lonely Planet, his images and photo essays have appeared in Time Out, The Japan Times, Sportswear International and a variety of other newspapers, magazines and guidebooks around the world and his photo essays from Iraq for The Griffith Review even earned him a mention in the Australian book review of the year in 2006. In addition to his media related work, Will also shoots events, portraits, weddings and the occasional CD cover. Whatever he’s working on, he always writes about his jobs and how he goes about them at Will Robb Photography.

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