Pioneer America called to designer Yasuko Furuta for her fall 2014 Toga collection, and she used the lens of spaghetti Westerns to create some excellent fashion. The times we live in seem so uncertain and tough, it's not surprising that the myth of the classic Western appeals - with its lawless, survivalist context within which we all hope someone will come and save the day. Back in the day (the 1960s), when Sergio Leone was shooting spaghetti masterpieces like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, he felt the time was right to bring in more of the characteristics of Italian film, just in a Western setting.
A Fistful of Dollars was a remake of Kurosawa's 1961 film Yojimbo about a samurai without a lord, a ronin, who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords vie for supremacy. Both try to hire th deadly newcomer as a bodyguard, or in Japanese, yojimbo. Yojimbo was itself inspired by American literature which Dashiell Hammett had penned, again dealing with themes of corruption, greed and the mushy gray morass that is morality.
It's fascinating how Japanese and US-based artists have continued to inspire each other and bounce different versions of this same work back and forth across time and artistic genres. From noirish novel to ronin film to spaghetti Western to a fashion collection by a Japanese designer showing on runway in London in 2014.
Here is the podcast I recorded about how this relates to the Apocalytical fashion tribe - enjoy!
Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott