Inspiration from Japanese Pop Culture and Street FashionPosted: February 1, 2011
Japanese pop culture and street fashion has evolved by taking aspects of Western culture and creating something new by adopting a mixture of current and common trends. Most clothes are home-made and reflect a unique personal style that breaks away from the traditional conservative Japanese culture.
Japanese pop culture and street fashion has shown up in China, Korea and Taiwan but has also begun to have a particular influence on the West Coast of the United States. This is particularly apparent in the hip-hop culture and with the playful usage of bright colors and cartoonish patterns atop a plain white background.
Rei Kawakubo, who plays a major role in Japanese pop culture and street fashion, has also recently been featured as a guest designer for Louis Vuitton and H&M which have both experienced commercial success.
Draw inspiration from Japanese pop culture and street fashion for your next shopping spree with these styles in mind:
– Lolita is one of the most recognized clothing styles that brings “cute” to Japanese pop culture and street fashion.
– Gothic Lolita draws from Eastern and Victorian Goth style with dark colors, bats, spiders, crosses and other gothic imagery. Knee-length skirts are worn with petticoats, blouses or shirts with lace or ruffles, and knee length socks with boots, brooches, and a parasol are other essential elements of the Gothic Lolita style.
– Ganguro first became popular among Japanese females in the 2000s and features bright colors, miniskirts, and tie-dyed sarongs. The style also includes bleached hair, fake eyelashes, eyeliner, a dark tan, platform shoes, and other accessories.
– Kogal is reminiscent of a high school uniform but with modifications that include a shorter skirt, loose socks and other basic alterations.
– Visual Kei: Prominent makeup, unusual hair, and flamboyant costumes make up this style of Japanese pop culture and street fashion. Visual Kei also has an element of androgyny in the style visually.
– Cosplay: Short for “costume roleplay”, Cosplay is a form of performance fashion art that includes costumes and accessories based on a specific idea or character.
Many other different elements of Japanese pop culture and street fashion styles are emerging daily and it is beginning to gain interest worldwide. Here are some more examples of the great Japanese style: