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If we discuss about cosplay culture and its costume, it is nearly impossible for us for not discussing about Japan and its role in spreading the viral culture of the cosplay itself. The creativity and fresh ideas about wearing costumes, combined with youth passion to a fictional character in animated movies, altogether create a new culture dominated by the youth and become the most phenomenon culture in the present world.
There are many types of cosplay and the amount is not something anyone can ignore. There is always a cosplay type you’ll like, no matter who you are. That’s why people love it, sometimes even more than their favorite sport betting with its various features, including live casino which are sometimes classified from the variations of its costumes. One of these variations in cosplay culture is Japanese street fashion. If we trace back the history of this cosplay variation, we will find out that this Japanese street fashioned came from an adaptation of mixed current and traditional trends in Japan.
Clothes or costumes used in this cosplay variation are generally home-made with the use of materials purchased at stores. In the history, strong youth culture grew in the 1960s and 1970s and become a rapid and mass culture which massively produced creative and fresh ideas, breaking the rules of tradition in wearing clothes. They came with their own rules in creating and wearing costumes, inspired with their love and passion to a fictional and favourite character in animated movies or even games. With a little deeper investigation, we know that this culture is not originated from the mind of Japanese. We can find other proof that the origin of this culture is from the West, although this culture find the other place where it can develop better and better than it did in the Western, although nowadays Western also take roles in the development of cosplay and its costumes.
With the variations of Japanese street fashion, which you can find them at Harajuku, Shibuya, Kawabukuro, Odaiba, Ginza, and Akihabara districts, there are also various styles created. Some of them are listed below:
Lolita fashion: This fashion style mostly adopt girly look for everyone who choose to wear its costumes. Improving the appearance of the cosplayer to be more girly, is the main point of this fashion style.
Gothic Lolita: Another variation from Lolita fashion, but have a great impact from Eastern and Victorian Goth style. This fashion style can be recognized from its unique mark: black.
Sweet Lolita: Another variation from Lolita fashion, but this fashion style do not impacted with culture like Gothic Lolita did. This fashion style is the most childlike fashion style, mostly characterized by baby animals, fairy tale themes and innocent, childlike attire. Their inspiration comes from baby dolls.
Classic Lolita: This fashion style is the most traditional fashion style. With its mature, business-like, and light colors (blue, green, and red), this classic Lolita shows its great impact to the youth, although it also contains traditional value.
Kodona: This fashion style is masculine variation of Lolita, which is influenced by Victorian boys’ clothing.
Kogal: street fashion of teenage school girls