Jun Takahashi’s Undercover label is a genuine pioneer in the world of fashion. Combining his youthful love of the Sex Pistols with an avant-garde, elegant, high fashion sensibility, Takahashi’s original designs redefined the boundaries between runway and street.
Undercover has expanded upon Takahashi’s punk-influenced beginnings and become one of the most revered and influential brands on the planet.
The scaled back aesthetic of Undercover's spring/summer 2020 collection serves as the backdrop for an exploration of man's underlying dark and violent impulses, exemplified by the Dylan Thomas quote I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me, that features on a number of pieces in the collection. A balancing scale that teeters between acknowledgment and celebration of these typically suppressed depths, Takahashi dresses them up in an almost confrontational elegance, in true Sympathy for the Devil fashion.
Here, imagery from the 1922 classic Nosferatu deals in real estate almost as scary as bubble era Tokyo land prices.