‘Star of the Stars’ presents these fantastic portraits of club goers in Tokyo. The project is a documentary of Tokyo’s underground night scene from 2005 to 2013. Nagata visited late-night club events at Shinjuku, Shibuya, and elsewhere in Tokyo, setting up an ad hoc portrait studio in a small corner of each venue. Nagata captures people from locations as far as Kyushu and Niigata. The club goers’ styles can be classified as: Gothic Lolita, Sweet Lolita, Maid Fashion, Cyberpunk, Bondage, Takuya Angel among other styles so fanciful as to defy genre and description.
What inspires these individuals to slip from their ordinary daytime selves as bank tellers or nurses into their phantasmagorical attire?
Club regulars moreover often move on from simply dressing up to creating their own costumes or tattooing and piercing themselves to remake their very bodies. From a variety of approaches including the subjects’ own words, ‘Star of the Stars’ seeks to delve into the heart of this phenomenon.
By Yoichi Nagata