CDG - The Costume Designer

Fall 2015

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22 The Costume Designer Fall 2015 THE COSTUME DEPARTMENT Illustration by Robin Richesson Text by Marcy Froehlich HISTORY OF DRESS Harajuku Japanese street fashion has blossomed in the Haraju- ku district of Shibuya, Tokyo. The feeling is young and exuberant, naïve—yet edgy, and constantly chang- ing. It's the quintessence of individual expression. Many styles have emerged from the mix of tradition- al Japanese dress with alternative fashion. One of the most popular is Gothic Lolita, a young doll-like look with black corsets and short crinolines, parasols, and the odd spider or bat. Decora style combines layers of accessories with pink, a favorite color, and short tutu skirts. Fairy Kei is childlike, using pastel colors with toy and baby motifs. Many incarnations exist, some use school uniforms, some take hip hop, punk, or heavy metal cues, all are intended to express an avant-garde, free fashion sense.

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