Monday, June 7, 2010

Japan's Strange Re-appropriation of Western Fashion Trends

During the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912), Japan adopted Western fashions and industrial development earlier than most non-European/American lands. Thus, Japanese culture has been well-acquainted with technology and cultural imagery traditionally associated with the "West" for almost a century-and-a-half.

However, to many non-Japanese observers, pockets of young Japanese fashionistas interpret Western imagery in seemingly bizarre ways - and thus, everything from 80's hair metal to Victorian English women's fashion has become part of a Japanese youth subculture, even after being discarded in Europe or the United States.

And if you're feeling academic, you can even study these subcultures at a few American universities.

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