When we met Hana Tajima, who blogs on Style Covered, we quickly had a triple addiction: amazing aesthetics in her shootings and designs; the fusion of so many roots (Japanese, British, Muslim); and a certain openness when it comes to talking about her beliefs and her inspirations. We had a chance to interview this bright phenomenon. You’re luck guys.
Dear Hana, when did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging about 4 years ago. It was just another kind of sketchbook, and although a very public one, it allowed me to explore image and video in a way that I hadn’t before.
Your work is a really intriguing mash-up: most of your models aren’t covered whereas you always appear with a headscarf; you recently quoted Christopher Kane or Fashion Week’s monochrome style as big sources of inspirations but Allah is not that much mentioned on your blog. Most of the “modest” fashion bloggers we’ve discovered remain in some very strict rules, whereas most of the non-modest fashion bloggers seem to be absolutely against the idea of religion in fashion, unless it is to be distorted. How do you consider yourself? A Muslim fashionista? A spiritual free soul?
Style Covered is very personal to me, and being a Muslim, and coming from a mixed ethnic background it means I have a very distinct lens through which I see the world of fashion. But it’s still very much a fashion blog, and the simplicity of that premise leads people into being less judgmental. People aren’t just one thing, and shouldn’t have to categorize themselves. I’ve been non-Muslim as well as Muslim, I have a Japanese father and an English mother, lived in many different cities and countries. All of these things are reflected in my style, and because they are so inextricably combined it means that all the barriers fall apart. It might be that there’s something in that that people identify with.