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MALICE MIZER, D'ESPAIRS RAY, KAMIJO VISUAL KEI STAGE OUTFITS: YUKARI OHBA.

D'espairsRay visual kei stage outfits, costumes by Japan designer Yukari Ohba.

What’s the greatest thing since sliced bread? Yukari Ohba’s costumes for Visual Kei bands, uh huh, uh huh. Take a look at these images and tell me you don’t agree.

D'espairs Ray cosplay outfits, stage costumes by Yukari Ohba. J-rock band fashion.

Ohba designed performance outfits for all the J-rock giants: I’m talking Malice Mizer, Kamijo, D’espairsRay. Such vision, such attention to detail! Above are her designs for D’espairsRay’s Premium Oneman and Snob tours; these intergalactic shells were worn by (from left to right) Zero, Hizumi, Karyu, and Tsukasa.

Hizumi, Karyu, Zero, Tsukasa of D'espairs Ray, Japanese visual kei rock band. Crazy stage outfits.

I’m impressed by Ohba’s versatility; her costumes move from disco-clown to alien-bird to Goth-bondage and back. Oh, how I’d love to try on Hizumi’s shibari outfit on the far left!

Mana in Merveilles, Gothic Lolita cosplay costume for Malice Mizer. Stage outfit for Visual Kei band by Yukari Ohba.

Yukari Ohba’s magnificent vision extends to her fashion sketches. You’ll recognize this as Mana Sama’s robe for “Merveilles.”

Gackt of Malice Mizer, visual kei costumes, crazy fashion for Japanese rockstars.

And here we have Gackt, channeling Le Petit Prince and Saturday Night Fever with angel wings.

Goth and Gothic Lolita crazy wedding gowns. Long Victorian dresses with feathers, veil, corset and petticoat.

I wrote before about Gothic Lolita weddings – and if you ask La Carmina, the top left gown is as close as it gets to perfect. Feathers sewn on crinoline… one day!

I’ve only posted a fraction of Yukari Ohba’s stunning J-rock costumes and illustrations. Visit the talented designer’s site and drool over the rest. (Click on the “Works” tab, and then click on individual costumes for close-ups and drawings.)

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31 Comments

  1. Posted July 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    haha, I learned about this artist just a week ago on a Versailles/Lareine (Kamijo's current/former band) forum! :D She truly is amazing… ^^

  2. Posted July 22, 2008 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    These are truly incredible! Thanks for sharing! *1st time commenter here*

  3. Posted July 23, 2008 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    haha, I learned about this artist just a week ago on a Versailles/Lareine (Kamijo’s current/former band) forum! :D She truly is amazing… ^^

  4. Posted July 23, 2008 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    These are truly incredible! Thanks for sharing! *1st time commenter here*

    • Posted July 23, 2008 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      My pleasure :) I have some incredible photos of court fashion (1715-1815) that I’ll post in the next few days… Let me know if you have any suggestions for future posts.

      Comments always appreciated – thanks everyone for reading!

  5. Posted July 23, 2008 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    My pleasure :) I have some incredible photos of court fashion (1715-1815) that I'll post in the next few days… Let me know if you have any suggestions for future posts.

    Comments always appreciated – thanks everyone for reading!

  6. Posted July 23, 2008 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    hot hot hot! i absolutely love the last dress, the black one. if we ever re0newed our vows (although its totally pointless and just an excuse to have another wedding haha!) id totally wear a black dress like this and with my pink hair this time..haaawt!

  7. Posted July 23, 2008 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    I *love* these outfits. I either need more money or need to learn how to sew. >.<

  8. Posted July 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    hot hot hot! i absolutely love the last dress, the black one. if we ever re0newed our vows (although its totally pointless and just an excuse to have another wedding haha!) id totally wear a black dress like this and with my pink hair this time..haaawt!

  9. Posted July 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I *love* these outfits. I either need more money or need to learn how to sew. >.<

  10. Posted July 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I really get a “the sky's the limit” feeling looking at those costumes!

  11. Posted July 23, 2008 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I really get a “the sky’s the limit” feeling looking at those costumes!

  12. Posted July 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    She is absolutely amazing! It's very rare to see such fantastical sketches turn to real-life couture, most designers hit that stumbling block. It's truly inspiring and influencial for anyone!

  13. Posted July 24, 2008 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    She is absolutely amazing! It’s very rare to see such fantastical sketches turn to real-life couture, most designers hit that stumbling block. It’s truly inspiring and influencial for anyone!

  14. Posted July 24, 2008 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Hi, I've just discovered your blog and I really like it! I'll come back often :).
    Also I sent you a friends request on Myspace (my band Amaranthys).

  15. Posted July 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for friend acceptance. I have already sent many peoples to both your sites. Yow! They were all women by some twist o' fate.
    Damn, I dearly loves my creative, endlessly creative wimmen friends!! Thanks again, ~doug m~

  16. Posted July 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I’ve just discovered your blog and I really like it! I’ll come back often :).
    Also I sent you a friends request on Myspace (my band Amaranthys).

  17. Posted July 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for friend acceptance. I have already sent many peoples to both your sites. Yow! They were all women by some twist o’ fate.
    Damn, I dearly loves my creative, endlessly creative wimmen friends!! Thanks again, ~doug m~

  18. Posted July 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    WOW.. yeah I've always been a fan of Malice Mizer's more eccentric outfits, but also of D'espairsRay's late-visual era outfits as well… didn't know they were made by the same person! And Kana…. and Hikawa Kiyoshi… awesome! Thanks for the info!

  19. Posted July 26, 2008 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    WOW.. yeah I’ve always been a fan of Malice Mizer’s more eccentric outfits, but also of D’espairsRay’s late-visual era outfits as well… didn’t know they were made by the same person! And Kana…. and Hikawa Kiyoshi… awesome! Thanks for the info!

  20. Posted August 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    oh my lord!!

  21. Posted August 8, 2008 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    oh my lord!!

  22. Posted October 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Is it possible to find any of the D'espairsRay outfits from Premium oneman and snob tours for sale??? as a cosplay

    The designs are incredible *gasp*

  23. Posted October 9, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    No idea, sadly… cosplay's out of my area! Maybe try a Google search or ask on a cosplay forum?

  24. Posted October 10, 2008 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Is it possible to find any of the D’espairsRay outfits from Premium oneman and snob tours for sale??? as a cosplay

    The designs are incredible *gasp*

    • Posted October 10, 2008 at 4:09 am | Permalink

      No idea, sadly… cosplay’s out of my area! Maybe try a Google search or ask on a cosplay forum?

      • Posted October 11, 2008 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

        I tried but there is no luck, but thank u anyway.

  25. Posted October 11, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I tried but there is no luck, but thank u anyway.

  26. Posted July 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Stunning.

  27. Posted July 23, 2009 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Stunning.

  28. Posted July 23, 2009 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Stunning.