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.
How I Met Kazuo Hozumi (No.12)
About a year after discovering Setsu Nagasawa’s art, I ran across a newspaper article that said he ran a weekly seminar for fashion illustration. I telephoned right away to ask how to enroll, and the voice at the other end of the line told me to come by that Saturday. It was almost disappointingly easy. I later realized that I had spoken to Setsu-sensei himself.
So began my formal study of fashion illustration. Setsu-sensei’s school had only been open school a year, with just 20 students. Every Saturday afternoon we sat down and suffered for our art.
Eventually I became confident enough to get to know the other students, most of whom were women. Among the handful of men, there was a slim, stylishly dressed fellow about four or five years older than me, who wore a hunting cap and black-rimmed glasses. When I gathered the courage to talk to him, he turned out to be both very friendly and deeply immersed in men’s fashion.
That was how I met the man who would eventually have an enormous influence on my life: the legendary Ivy illustrator, Kazuo Hozumi. (To be continued.)