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What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Asian street fashion? Perhaps it is Tokyo’s wacky concoctions, a mishmash of styles combined with an ease that belies their complexity. This vibrant city has undoubtedly had a huge impact on the growth of Asian fashion, but there is startling originality to be found across the vast continent. Just as Tokyoites have a talent for absorbing many influences and expressing them in new ways, so the rest of Asia appears to be channelling an energy and drive for creative freedom, making bold fashion statements that scream innovation and individuality.
Photographer James Bent has spent the past few years travelling around Asia in pursuit of its unique approaches to fashion. From Bangkok’s seemingly effortless blend of vintage and modern to Seoul’s layered, sleek chic with a daring twist, the diverse results reveal an irresistible quality that unites Asian fashion as a whole: the refusal to conform to a uniform and conservative form of dress. Collectively, Bent’s photographs take us on a vibrant visual journey of Asian fashion at its best, sparking our imaginations, inspiring fresh interpretations of style, and inviting us to view our own wardrobes in a new light.