Japanese streetwear label Wacko Maria has always put art at the forefront of their aesthetic ever since they started back in 2005. And this season is no different with their latest collaboration with sneaker brand VANS. Introducing the Wacko Maria x VANS spring 2020 drop, inspired by the country’s Edo period.
All About the Art
Ever since Wacko Maria started in 2005, they’ve been about translating art into fashion. They uphold values of glamour and romanticism and make them accessible through streetwear pieces with their own edge. But even though they went with a “normcore” market, they focus on craftsmanship and partisanship in making their designs.
An Ode to Japanese Edo Art
Clearly from the brush strokes of the imagery on the pair that Wacko Maria x Vans got their inspiration from Japan’s Edo period. That particular era produced a signature aesthetic in painting and writing, influencing Japanese artists even to this day. Yet with its signature edge, the streetwear brand was able to modernize the art to fit contemporary tastes.
A Fiery Palette
The combo of black and red might seem standard for today’s Japanese art scene, but with regards to the Edo period, it wasn’t exactly the norm. This aggressive color scheme helps update the ancient-inspired motif, providing a cool update on an otherwise old signature style.
You can order yourself a pair of Wacko Maria x Vans collaboration on Wacko Maria’s official website. Order now before they run out of stock! Then, share your thoughts and reactions in our comments section below!