The wonderful Textile Museum in DC held a show of Japanese street fashion, called Harajuku, this past Sunday. In the Harajuku District of Tokyo, every Sunday afternoon Japanese youths gather along the Jingu Bridge to express themselves themselves through fashion and to socialize. Types of Harajuku fashion include various Lolita styles (pretty innocence / Victorian lace), cosplay (costume play), and Visual Kei (pop-music expressed in clothing). If you're tired of wearing jeans, here's a helpful how-to on Harajuku.
The fashion and modeling of local area Harajuku enthusiasts, including at least one woman from Arlington, was quite impressive. Their fashions showed dedication, passion, and a great spirit of play. Some of their elaborate dresses the presenters themselves had hand-made. Others expressed their fashion through their choices of bought pieces and accessories for their outfits.
The event included a presentation on Harajuku by MC Nick Ferris, short presentations and question-and-answers with some of the participants, a Japanese quiz show, and a runway segment. The Ode Street Tribune's reporter won a prize in the Japanese history category of the quiz show and thus underscored the worldliness that supports the Ode Street Tribune's foreign reporting.
The event attracted an unexpectedly large audience. The 2pm show, set in a room holding about 50 persons, sold out. The organizer then put together a second show for 5pm, which also sold out. As of Wednesday of last week, there was a waiting list for tickets to the second show.
The Textile Museum presented the Harajuki show in conjunction with its current exhibition Contemporary Japanese Fashion: the Mary Baskett Collection. T-Mode, which is having a convention celebrating the fusion of Asian, Western and urban pop culture in Alexandria this April, co-presented the Harajuku show with the Textile Museum.
La Carmina offers some excellent coverage of this Harajuku show.
Other local fashion news:
- Cross Culture Contemporary Fashion at the Art Institute
- Freaky Friday Gala Opening of Crystal Couture