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Thomas Clement’s “Face the Future” editorial hones in on the work of Japanese designer Shin Murayama, who’s become notable for his interpretive mask series.

For the editorial, Murayama’s Yankees Extreme Cold Weather Face Mask helps to convey the idea that a mask – an important semblance of modern and traditional Asian culture – can be used to flaunt a sense of individuality, symbolic given how much emphasis is placed on conformity in Asian countries.

A tangible representation of this can be seen in the way “Face the Future” doles out a variety of looks, making it apparent that Clement doesn’t necessarily agree with the repressive nature of Asian cultural uniformity.

For more on a similar topic, read our recent piece which explored whether or not streetwear objectifies Japanese culture.


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