Fashion critic Toshiyuki Kurosu has been blogging on Kamakura Shirts’ Japanese website since February 2014.
His devoted readership eagerly awaits each week’s posts about Ivy League style and broader topics in the world of fashion.
Here we present selected posts from Kurosu’s archives in English, translated by W. David Marx, author of Ametora, and Matt Treyvaud.

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My First Photo Shoot (No.6)

I’m not an expert on photography, but I do know that lighting was a key skill for photographers in the days before electronic flashes became the norm. Shōkei was so focused on directing the staff — “Move that one a bit to the right” — that he didn’t even glance my way.

Once the lights were in position, Shōsuke and I had a few moments while the set was being put together to get the model dressed and ready, right down to hemming the trousers. Shōsuke had been an editor at Men’s Club before joining VAN Jacket, so he was an old hand at this, but it was the first for me, and I got myself in quite a state.

What we were doing is now called “styling,” but we didn’t have a fancy word for it back then. It was just part of working on the shoot.

“All right,” said Shōkei. “Shall we begin?” We had the model stand up and gave him one last once-over. Were his trousers creased? Was his necktie crooked? Once we were satisfied, we went to stand behind the cameras and waited for the clicks of the shutter to begin...

(To be continued)

From the Archaves

Shooting on Ivy League Campuses (No.7)

Eventually I got used to the photo shoots for Men’s Club. Then came the next challenge: We decided to leave ...

My First Photo Shoot (No.6)

I’m not an expert on photography, but I do know that lighting was a key skill for photographers in the days ...

The Man Who Took Ivy: Remembering Hayashida Teruyoshi (No.5)

It’s hard to believe that Hayashida Teruyoshi, the photographer of the book Take Ivy, passed away almost fiv...

Recalling Youthful Reverence of VAN (No.4)

There’s nothing more gratifying than hearing from Ivy fans who happened to see my name in the newspaper. A...

Forever Ivy at 80 Years Young (No.3)

After I saw the letter in the Tokyo Shimbun from the Ivy fan, I sent a reply — with some trepidation. I’d ne...

Young Again with Ivy (No.2)

I noticed an interesting headline in the letters-to-the-editor page of Tokyo Shimbun: “Young Again with Ivy....

Ivy Forever: 2013’s Ivy Style Party (No.1)

For my first post in English, let me share a brief report on the Ivy Style Party we held in late 2013. Now that...
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