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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A short introduction to Chantilly

Pictures by Valerie Fujita

Fumiko, Chantilly's designer and owner, previously worked for the Lolita (Gothic Lolita) brand Baby, the Stars Shine Bright as a pattern designer and also worked for Angelic Pretty. After she joined Atelier Pierrot and worked for them for about one year, she became totally independent with her brand, Chantilly; Fumiko kept good relations with Atelier Pierrot and sells her creations at their select shop at the department store Laforet Harajuku.

Chantilly's design is closer to the classic Lolita (Gothic Lolita) style, exploring a range of classical colors like black, white, dark red, dark green, dark blue. Fumiko simply explains: “Kamikaze Girl candy pink is fun, but I find it a bit caricatured”.

Chantilly first appeared in France in 2007, at the fashion show organized by Laforet Harajuku during Japan Expo exhibition, with other brands such as Algonquins, Black Peace Now, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Angelic Pretty, Alice and the Pirates, Metamorphose temps de fille, Putumayo, Sexy Dynamite London, Super Lovers, Stigmata and Casper John.

Chantilly’s designer, Fumiko, is close to Sahi from Kokusyoku Sumire.
She also knows the vocal of the visual kei band Xodiack.
Fumiko made an apparition in the movie Kamikaze Girl, when the character of Kyoko Fukada, Momoko, visits Baby, the Stars Shine Bright manufacture.

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