Nicole Marie~Madeleine C. Alberto
General Description of the Study
Japanese fashion is one of the most remarkable things about Japan. It is another dimension in itself, complete with subcultures such as the Gothic Lolita and Kogals. Many people are intrigued by how Japanese fashion developed and people all over the world try to dress up like the Japanese because in Japan, there is no such as thing as conformity. Everyone has their own distinct style that sets them apart from others, no matter what subculture they belong to. People all over the world consider Tokyo as one of the fashion capitals of the world. When people discuss Japanese fashion, they usually think about street fashion, because that is what Japanese fashion is more famous for. When one walks through the streets of Harajuku or Shibuya (two fashion districts where fashionable young people from Japan usually go and showcase their style), he/she might find it difficult to pinpoint one particular look, because everyone has their own personal touch to their clothes, and the subcultures only serve their purpose for those who want to achieve a common style, but still, diversity is encouraged. From the very beginning, Japanese fashion was greatly influenced by the styles of other countries. During the Nara period, which reigned from 710-794, Prince Shotoku ordered his scholars to go to Chang’an in China in order for his kingdom to be able to pattern Chinese culture into their own culture. Thus, the Japanese people who belonged to the upper classes of the social hierarchy patterned themselves after the Chinese in almost every aspect, fashion included. It is also through the Chinese that they have discovered that silk can be used to make clothing. Japanese fashion nowadays is greatly influenced by Western fashion, as with other fashions in Asia. However, it does not depend completely on Western fashion, because it adds a unique cultural twist into their clothes that seems to make these traditional clothes a lot more appealing. Importance of the Study
Fashions involve rapidly as any other fast-paced aspect of society. It never becomes dormant. Some people are critical of the progress of the industry, claiming it encourages people to become acquisitive, rushing at every opportunity to spend more and more money on unnecessary items. However, this change and growth is precisely what makes fashion a true form of human expression. It is one way of making people express themselves and establish their own identities. Variety, experimentation, expression and metamorphosis are what make human culture, fashion culture at that, particularly two dominant fashion cultures, Japanese and Western fashion, respectively. As cultures touch, fashions exchange and spread. That is why you can say that fashion is a bond that unites countries to work in harmony together and create many magnificent works of art, as fashion itself is a work of art. Objective of the Paper
Through this study I aim to:
Inform people about cultural exchange through an unconventional approach Make people realize about the importance of self-expression Inform about how media and important figures in society become strong influences in fashion Inform about the statistics of people who are patronizing the United States s the number one influence in everything ranging from fashion to media Develop the people’s understanding of fashion subcultures in Japan The Evolution of Japanese fashion
The Meiji reign, which was the time when Japan opened its kingdom to Westerners, marks the beginning of the westernization of Japanese fashion, notably the Japanese men, who were the ones who started wearing Western clothes during this era. Western fashion in women did not really become popular during this era because the women were strict, formal...