Wednesday, February 29, 2012

cel style (#1)

I've said it before, but I was a tiny bit of a nerd in high school. The kind that kept sketchbooks filled to the brim with manga-style girls with angel wings, which might seem embarrassing but I try to keep it all in focus. My interest in anime and manga sparked an interest in art in middle school, which lead me on the path to MCAD and Minnesota. I love it here, and sometimes I think I have the animators and artists of Japan to thank for that. This means you, CLAMP.

One animator/director/mastermind that I'll always love is the ubiquitous Hayao Miyazaki. Even if you haven't heard his name there's a good chance you'll have seen at least one of his films. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are probably the most well known. The other day I realized how fashionable his characters are, and realized I had to do a series of posts on how to dress like a Miyazaki character!

Nerds + fashion = go!

Here's an outfit inspired by Fio (pictured above on the left) from Porco Rosso. She's a spitfire lady pilot with a pig as a best friend - what more could you ask for? Studio Ghibli films do such a great job with the look of the early 1900s, and Fio's fantastic tomboy style is no different. Straw hat, blue jeans and gingham shirts? Yes please. You should seriously go watch this movie if you haven't yet, it's terribly charming. Just look at it!

backpack / hat / similar jeans / blouse / sandals / bracelet was from tiffany's, but I can't locate it!

BONUS: a drawing I did in (eek) 2003, and me playing game boy and wearing a tiara. That's just how I used to roll, folks. 


  1. Porco Rosso was fab! My favorite of his movies ;) So cool that anime inspired you this much. I was always musically inspired back in the day, it's wild that nowadays it's all at our fingertips on the internet. I used to spend hours at the music store listening to their cds on in-store headphones.

  2. I love that drawing and it does look like a cute movie, I'll have to look into it. That picture doesn't even look like you!! I would wear everyone one of those items. Now I need a straw hat...

  3. @eyeliah - I used to love doing that at the local Borders! I'd usually pick out an album with cool cover and give it a minute's listen before moving on.

    @erin - I know, I have two straw hats but kind of want another one.....

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