Monsters of Jewelry
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
By Justin Ray
Photos courtesy of Hotel Gluttony
There’s something creepy about jewelry by Hotel Gluttony. Creepy cool, that is.
The Japanese brand's blend of a macabre aesthetic with startling forms. in rings, masks, necklaces and otherwise has caught the imagination of the fashion community, and the pop star community, too.
Designer Joji Rupert Kojima often uses the human anatomy as inspiration, creating pieces that glamorize exposed bones, cranial structures and teeth. Observe his Venetian style mask with exposed metal lattice or black painted necklace holding a shaved anterior of a skull. His work in jewelry is both shocking and attractive in its exploration of human frailty and the desire for excess. One of the seven deadly sins is the brand’s namesake for a reason.
Kojima launched the line of jewelry while he was a student at Tama Art University in Tokyo. He created every piece for residents of an imaginary hotel: Hotel Gluttony. Each guest of the hotel is a miscreant that freely expresses his/her sexually-empowered yet deviant nature. Gluttony is reminiscent of the aesthetic of fashion director Nicola Formichetti, who has himself taken notice of Kojima’s designs and incorporated pieces into some of Lady Gaga’s photo shoots. Hotel Gluttony won't be going mainstream Top 40 anytime soon. That's good news, we're just dying to see what Kojima comes up with next.