Now that Lightning became a fashion model and is doing real interviews (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/final-fantasy-character-lightning-on-starring-in-louis-vuitton-c/
), which anime character do you think would be most suited for a career in fashion?
As a designer or a model?
picture very related
God fucking dammit Toriyama.
Anyway, Joseph for suits and outdoor travel. Men's fashion in general.
This has been a thing for some time in Japan though. I attended a lecture in Tokyo this summer by the editor-in-chief of Smart Magazine, a major Japanese men's fashion magazine, on modern Japanese culture, subculture and fashion. One of the most interesting things he talked about was how his magazine has, in just the past 2-3 years, begun using anime characters as fashion models. It started as an experiment in 2013 with (of course) Evangelion characters, mainly Shinji and Kaworu, as the main featured models for an entire issue. Sales absolutely exploded. They've done it several times since then, always to great success. A later issue that year had Madoka and Homura doing most of the modeling - again, this is a men's magazine, so they were modeling men's clothing.
Their sales and market analysts did some analyzing, and to everyone's surprise the jumps in sales weren't caused by smelly otaku, but by everyday normal Japanese youth and young adults. That was one of the most fascinating recurring themes of all those lectures I attended, that in just the past few years anime has begun to stop being seen as a niche otaku-only thing and, for the more popular stuff like Madoka at least, begun to be more readily accepted and common in everyday pop culture.
Best pic I could find in a quick internet search for the initial Eva issue.