Anime & Fashion: Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Now I know there are some fellow Gyaru (other than just me) who enjoy anime and manga as much as the next fan. Not gonna lie, a lot of my fashion inspirations come from anime. The difference between real life fashion and anime fashion is that those are animated (obviously) and a lot of the stuff are just either impossible to find or just plain non-existent. And not only that, the anime girls’ proportions at times can be extremely not even human. They’re cartoons. I mean, it’s pretty obvious that they are and they’re drawn to a human scale (of course there’s certain exceptions).

Anyway, back in 2011 (at least back when this article here was published), Gentosha Comics released a fashion magazine titled “Moeurs” that was aimed to the fans of anime who are also into fashion. However, instead of using human models, they are drawn. In it, they would describe about 10 different types of fashion and their features in pretty good detail.

The “models” were drawn by the popular mangakas, illustrators of light novels, and Pixiv artists.

I’m not sure if it’s still in publication though. I tried looking it up on Google but alas, I couldn’t find any information about it.

I understand that is old news and everything but it really gets me to wonder about our fashion inspirations, especially if we’re inspired by anime. Would you still get this type of magazine?

I know there’s an anime called Super GALS! which chronicles the lives and adventures of three animated Kogals (since it was made in the 90s back when Kogals were around) and that’s what sparked my interest in the first place. I read the few volumes of manga that was available where I was at the time and I got really curious so I looked it up online.

Back then, I had so many questions and it ties with my search for more Gyaru history books. Granted, some of the questions are answered and everything but… hmm. Perhaps it’s just the history geek within me to learn about the history of Gyaru and to learn more about its roots!

Scruffy Rebel as Rainbow Dash (Taken by LJinto)

As most anime fans are aware, there is a way to bring the impossible fashion from anime to reality by cosplaying.

Cosplay is a word that combines the words “costume play” into one. Of course, cosplaying doesn’t limit to just anime – it’s popular among the comic book fans, video games, and so much more. There’s so many talented seamstresses from all over the world and people who build the accessories needed for their characters. And of course there’s always those who aren’t so good (like me).

There are those groups of people who do walk around with costumes on either for “shock value” (basically, see how people react to their costumes in 100°+ F weather) or because they like the fashion of it so much, they just wear it. Or they’ll wear the accessories.

But then it goes into what a person can or cannot cosplay. There are girls who are not as skinny as most of these other good cosplayers but they can pull it off. Or, dare I even mention it, I don’t think I could pull off a good costume because of my skin color.

And that’s besides the point I’m trying to make. One of these days, I’ll make a post my feelings about the cosplay world and how different colors of skin can work for or against it but that’s a whole can of worms I don’t want to open now.

In any case, do Gyarus even cosplay? Could you say that Gyarus cosplay? I had mentioned this before in my Top Five Dos and Dont’s in the KPOP & JPOP World that those B-Gyarus and the J-Cholas grow dangerously close to brown and black faces. But they’re inspired by the culture.

I don’t know though. One could argue that Fairy Kei, Decora, and arguably Lolita got their inspirations from the various shows like My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, anything from the Disney franchise, or even Invader Zim. Others can say they’ve tacked that on only to make it look cooler, see if they can stand out more, or make it more about what they like

Hmm, maybe I’m making myself more confused. What do you think? Should we still be able to take fashion inspiration from anime & cosplay? Is it as bad as taking inspiration from Japanese, Korean, or even Chinese culture? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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One Response to Anime & Fashion: Where Does Inspiration Come From?

  1. Pingback: RTF Cosplay コスプレ Edition #3 (Star Wars Celebration VI) « Return To Fleet

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