Hot alternative designer: Cosmic Couture; ‘To Gothics’ Tokyo

I’ve discovered an amazing alternative fashion designer from Berlin, namely Cosmic Couture. Designer Tatjana Warnecke utilises pvc and boning to fashion post-apocalyptic crinolines, glamazon corsets, sci-fi pants and jackets, gothic gauntlets as well as LED lit up leather outfits. There’s a futuristic, dystopian feel to her work which, though undeniably costumey, has a force and presence that transcends the gimmicky and charters the waters of alternative couture.



The ribbed PVC is called “future rib” and is used to great effect in many garments in the range, even on headwear!


The boys aren’t left out either, with fantastic jackets, pants, gauntlets, corsets and kilt-skirts:




Tatjana has outfitted the Rocky Horror Picture show cast in Berlin, as well as the German pop artist Monrose in her “Like a Lady” video – check out a small preview:

Want more eye-candy? Marquis magazine has been featuring the work of Cosmic Couture since 2007, and there is a gorgeous calender out now for 2011, featuring the Best of Custom Couture.

As you can see from the images above, she very much maintains her alternative point of view, and often works with alt/fetish clubs. On Thursday night December 16, Cosmic Couture staged its first show in Tokyo, appropriately at the “to Gothics” club, in association with Marquis Japan LLC.

What an amazing night it must have been! Performances by Trippple Nippples*, Tokyo Dolores (gothic lolita pole dancers/aerial artistes!!), and a huge line-up of DJ’s including VJ Liki with DJ Lau (originallyof Hong Kong, often plays Tokyo Decadance), DJ Rinko (who plays at Torture Garden Japan), gorgeous androgynous model and Dj Leo Candycane (of Fancy Him parties), and more. For the complete listing of people involved, see the To Gothics rundown at Liki’s blog.

*For more on the Trippple Nippples (pictured below), see the excellent article and interview at Dazed Digital. In it, they describe how they get a lot of materials for their whacky costumes from Tokyu Hands, a huge and wonderful DIY supplies place. See my post on Tokyu Hands here, and also here.


For clubwear that is out of this world, you can’t go past Cosmic Couture (bad pun intended!)

(I’ve included links to the Cosmic Couture/Tatjana Warnecke site now, so you can check it out yourself)

Halloween Decorations in Tokyo Stores – Marui One, Tokyu Hands, La Foret

I am so pleased to have seen Tokyo in Halloween season – the department stores really embrace the season and make it a festive event. I mentioned Marui One in the last post – here’s a few pics of its shopfront. They DO love Tim Burton and the Nightmare Before Christmas 🙂

I had to drop into Tokyu Hands for some Halloween goodies, and just check out the latest stock. Tokyu Hands calls itself the Creative Life store, and is 8 floors of DIY and crafty goodness (and much, much more). Seriously, for just about any creative project you might undertake, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to materials.
I particularly like the fancy dress section which has amazingly realistic latex animal heads (see below), and also houses novelty electronic gadgets like side-marching cyber crabs and humping dog usb’s.

Here’s one of the displays I saw there. The witch revolved, and there were ghosts whoo-whooing, other spooks shrieking, and things dangling from the ceiling:

If you want to see and hear for yourself…

Meanwhile over at La Foret in Harajuku they weren’t too shabby either, with huge posters plastered on the sloped ceilings as you headed down to the “underground” more gothic/punk stores:

Yes, I did shop unashamedly. At the Hellcat Punks store in La Foret, they gave me a huge bag to carry away my purchases (which proved very handy for carry-on luggage on the flight home). Punksters, voodoo dolls, rockabilly babes will all love this store – there is so much leopard print, clothing with zombie and skull graphics, fab purses… Here’s the shop:
It’s a pity I won’t be in Tokyo for the night itself, but I DID get to two of the Halloween clubs there on Saturday night – Tokyo Decadance and Midnight Mess. Stay tuned….