From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout 'hood for the city's youth, whose style is confined to uniforms from elementary school through to high school graduation. And, perhaps to rebel from such strict sameness, they spend their weekends seeing how far they can push the limits.
One of the oldest and most pervasive Harajuku style groups is Decora, characterized by a pursuit of kawaii, or "cuteness," which is expressed in massive piles of hair clips, face bandaids, creative layering, and a mishmash of colors and textures. Don't let "cute" confuse you: There's nothing delicate or elegant about Decora. It's bright, it's loud, and it's in your face (or rather, on your face, via a Hello Kitty bandaid). Though the style can appear as frivolous as a Halloween costume, there's a real statement behind the bevy of barrettes. In the face of pervasive group-mindedness, a rigid social order, and cultural reticence, the Decora have figured out a way to break free.
In the first episode of our new documentary series, Style Out There, our host Asha Leo travels to Harajuku to meet with street fashion superstars, like 90884 designer Kurebayashi, Junnyan, and Shoichi Aoki, the founder of FRUiTS magazine, to peel back the rainbow-colored stickers and uncover the depth behind Decora.
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This is how I used to dress (fairy kei) But now I'm a sweet lolita because I'm more mature now and I like the princess look. I'm 14 and my parents worry about me standing out too. I wear it to express myself ❤
I did a lot of decora stuff and tbh its quite the opposite from hiding behind a mask. Its more throwing away the mask because youte willing to express yourself with no care of the "hollywood standard" or social bias
They have school uniform and work uniform you don’t say?! 😱 And stop making out like it’s just a girl thing and it’s some kind of feminism women power and there’s also some dip meaning to it as well like you know there’s some kind of oppression behind what they do. You sound like the BBC >_> always having to put some short of negative thing to other ppl culture or way of life. Like you West is so perfect.
Don't judge those people. I'm a mother and I love that mother too. She is very intelligent and open minded. Freedom, art, colors, don't be scared about it.
Mental healtly? Really?
I think in Europe, middle orient, America, or other places, people feel loneliest, saddest and depressed. Japan is a paceful and great place to live.. 👍❤⛩🎎
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