Peep This Collaboration Inspired by Kishin Shinoyama's Nudes

Peep This Collaboration Inspired by Kishin Shinoyama's Nudes

Opening Ceremony's latest capsule collection features the forward-thinking photographer's early work.

Opening Ceremony's latest capsule collection features the forward-thinking photographer's early work.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Opening Ceremony’s latest collaboration is a cross between a capsule collection and a time capsule. Launching today, the collection features the vintage photography of Japanese portraitist Kishin Shinoyama, known for his mid-century black-and-white depictions of the human form. Recalling the work of Helmut Newton with their dramatic chiaroscuro and forward-thinking sensibility, Shinoyama’s photographs fit seamlessly into the new crop of OC collectibles—a mix of sweatshirts, tote bags, layered organza tops emblazoned with his 1969 “Twins” series.

In a translated interview with Opening Ceremony, Shinoyama explains that he created the “Twins” series, originally published in the Japanese countercultural magazine Evergreen, at a significant point in Japanese history. “It was the peak time of Japan’s high-growth period right before the Osaka Expo was held in 1970; there was the Okinawa Reversion Agreement; and Apollo spaceship landed on the moon for the first time,” Shinoyama says. “The spirit inspired so much energy amongst creators, and it influenced expression.”

As a sought-after portraitist throughout the 20th century, Shinoyama captured erstwhile icons of youth culture, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Japanese pop cultural figures Momoe Yamaguchi and Rie Miyazawa. And while the Opening Ceremony line’s streetwear aesthetics may give Shinoyama a boost among current youth culture, the now 78-year-old doesn’t seem interested in earthly trends. Asked if  there were any person he would love to photograph, Shinoyama says: “Maybe aliens, a replicant, or a ghost.”

Credits: IMAGES VIA OPENING CEREMONY.

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