Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style is a cultural history covering the Japanese assimilation of American fashion over the past hundred and fifty years, from ivy, hippie, outdoor, rock ‘n’ roll, street fashion, to vintage. Trendsetters and entrepreneurs mimicked, adapted, imported, and perfected the American style, leading to the emergence of various sub-cultures that continue to evolve today. The historical significance of Ametora’s emergence due to cross-cultural exchange is influential to spaces like Brothers And Sisters, redefining the “American” identity.
Join Erik Bruner-Yang, creator of Brothers And Sisters and Spoken English, and Desirée Venn Frederic, founding director at The Venn Frederic Fashion Library, in conversation with W. David Marx, American-Born, Tokyo-based author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, as they cover the evolution of post-war Japanese fashion, pop-culture, and the American identity.
W. David Marx has also written on music, fashion, and culture for publications such as The New Yorker, The New Republic, Lapham’s Quarterly, Popeye, Nylon, VOX, and The Business of Fashion. Marx holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College as well as an M.A. in Marketing and Consumer Behavior from Keio University.
Desirée Venn Frederic is a social entrepreneur, fashion historian, installation artist and writer whose work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences. Her work in visual culture, fashion, postcolonial and critical theory inform, shape and encourage contemporary discourses surrounding the socioeconomic, political and cultural. She is the founding director at The Venn Frederic Fashion Library and Combing Cotton Co., a social equity retail and arts activation firm based in Washington, D.C.
James-Beard nominated Chef Erik Bruner-Yang creates space through his Washington DC-based concept development company, Foreign National. Bruner-Yang facilitates a constant dialogue of community, culture and progress by offering food and space as commons. His restaurants are instinctual; contemporary yet habitual.
This event is free and open to all with RSVP.