Japanese Street Fashion

There is streetwear and there is Tokyo Japan. Japanese youth culture and fashion sprung from the districts of Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza and Odaiba.

Street fashion started in the 1980s where musicians, artists and students would gather on the streets to perform and showcase their latest designs and creations.

Through the decades, the street fashion movement evolved and expanded into a wide range of genres including manga, gothic, Lolita, biblical, glam rock, and fairytale.

The gothic Lolita finds inspiration in Eastern and Victorian fashion, wearing all black, laces, bat motifs and crosses. Not to confuse with the sweet Lolita who wears iron gates and ruffles, parasols and sausage curls or the Punk Lolita with her studs, stuffed animals and dyed hair.

The Street Glam girl brings back seventies America, wearing bright colors, large wigs, fake eye lashes, nails and deep tans, platform shoes, neon jewelry and vibrant puffy ski jackets.

The Glam Rockers pay tribute to 1980s Glam Rock bands like the New York Dolls, Poison, Aerosmith. They wear flamboyant outfits, elaborate hairdos, excessive makeup in remembrance of the time past.

The Japanese school girl, the Lolita at heart, adds a twist to the otherwise conservative attire by including shorter skirts, thick leggings and loose socks, scarves and stuffed animal packs, pins and key-chains.

The Mori girl or prairie girl looks as though she just walked out of the forest with her braided hair and flower prints.

The Fairy girl portrays American cartoons and toys of the 1980s like Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Barbie and Little Pony. She wears pastel colors, angels and baby motifs. 

Japanese youth culture and street fashion had an influence on fashion trends and pop culture at large. Japanese and international fashion houses set shop in those eccentric and colorful neighborhoods; artists and musicians like Gwen Stefanie or Belle and Sebastian have celebrated the Harajuku street movement in their own work and performances.

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