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Japanese Fashion – History, Trends, Innovation And Sustainability

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It is very in vogue right now to wear Japanese-inspired fashion in 2020. Japanese-inspired fashion has made so many contributions to the history of fashion, beyond the ever-popular kimono styles on the big screen, in music, on the catwalk, and in museums across the world. The purpose of this article is to explore the uniqueness of Japanese-inspired fashion. You will learn about the history of Japanese fashion, past influences, present fashion trends, and how they will affect the future.

In addition to highlighting the latest Japanese fashion trends, styles, and the most popular Japanese fashion designers for 2020, I will provide a comprehensive look at the most popular Japanese fashion designers. Lastly, I’ll discuss how Japanese designers are using sustainable development to make the future greener and cleaner. The following is an introduction to Japanese fashion.

Japanese Fashion History

For so many reasons, Japan is known as one of the world’s fashion hubs. The unique culture and heritage of Japan have made the Japanese style very popular. Culture in Japan has influenced the development of a unique interpretation and style of street fashion, seen to this day. Japan has long been a source of inspiration for the West. There are numerous art forms and traditions that are inexplicable to outsiders, and respect, and culture are as important for so many artists as the landscape.



I found fashion to be the most immediate, evident, and impactful source of inspiration out of all forms of art. Japan has been the main source of exotic fashion inspiration since the early 1850s when international trade activities began. With the arrival of new styles, materials, and designs in Japan, the country has opened up to a whole new world.

Among the most appealing and desired items are paintings, prints, and luxury textiles. In recent years, Japanese-inspired fashion has begun to experience external cultural influences as well.

 

Western influence on Japanese fashion

There’s a long history of Japanese fashion influencing and influencing others. Traditional Japanese attire has entered a state of cultural absorption at the end of the isolation period (sakoku) and the beginning of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Japan’s curiosity attracted the West, which gained more influence in Japan.

Japan-inspired fashion has mainly been influenced by the U.S. Initially, Japanese buyers were influenced by constant media exposure to the styles of American fashion designers. As time went on, local design firms began responding to the changing market demands. By following and incorporating western trends into their creations. As a period (1926-1989) began, men’s fashion styles had become increasingly westernized.

Also, women’s fashion has begun to be influenced by Western fashion styles. Japanese culture was profoundly influenced by Western culture, as expected. Western styles were the only ones worn to work at the beginning. People at home also began wearing Western-style clothing shortly thereafter.

Tradition and modernity

Japan began paving its own path toward its “Renaissance” following World War II. In addition, there was even a motion to preserve and nurture the country’s historical roots in the areas of fashion, art, and architecture. A unique blend of oriental and contemporary culture should also be achieved by adapting to contemporary trends.

Through this philosophy, Japan was able to re-establish itself as a major creative power. Fashion designers in Japan started a systematic ‘takeover’ of the fashion industry due to the success of the movement.

From ‘Japonism’ to Japanese fashion

Japan has most greatly influenced the culture of France as an influencer. French artists created a new word to describe this influence: ‘Japonism’. Japanism encompasses various Japanese aesthetics, innovations, themes, and elements of Japanese culture used by western designers today.



With the advent of contemporary fashion, we realize Japan played an influential role in influencing a whole swath of cultural movements. In general, Japanese-inspired fashion has forever changed the way we think about fashion. With their vision, craft, and creativity, Japanese fashion designers have consistently influenced Western fashion. She pioneered an avant-garde masculine approach to women’s fashion with her Comme des Garons brand in the 1960s.

Japan’s contribution to the world of fashion is becoming increasingly apparent as modern times approach. It is now common for celebrities to design their own clothes, such as Tadashi Shoji with his red carpet gowns. As another example of Japan’s global fashion influence, Issey Miyake contributes significantly. Japanese fashion designer Miyake is known for his stunning pleats, which are admired and known throughout the world for their mesmerizing appearance. Not least of all, Yohji Yamamoto, a master tailor known for his avant-garde tailoring and longtime partnership with Adidas.

Japanese fashion trends are iconic

Even so, it is important to know where these popular Japanese designers get their inspiration. In their responses to questions about the iconic fashion designers who influenced their style and perception, most designers mentioned:

  • The Kimono
  • Wabi-sabi

Kimono

Japan’s traditional piece of clothing, the kimono, is the most popular and recognized in the world. Kimono roughly translates into “something that is worn.” While at the same time, the word represents the functions that all clothing serves. Likewise, kimonos incorporate the idea of simplicity in their design. From one piece of fabric, the kimono is intended to be a functional and simple piece of couture. A material’s final form is always determined by its choice.

Last but not least, the garment is adorned with decorative patterns. Despite its simplicity, the kimono has been used and explored in many cultures around the world. Japan’s culture has been reflected in the kimono, which has become an iconic piece. In addition, kimono patterns and influences have started showing up in western fashions since the 1980s, thanks to continuous media exposure. For renowned fashion designers like Armani, Eileen Fisher, and Zuhair Murad, the classic Japanese kimono served as an important source of inspiration.

Wabi-sabi

It focuses on imperfection and transience as essential components of beauty. To date, Japanese designers have been influenced by this idea and the design techniques it resulted in. Issei Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto are among those with the most recognizable use of Wabi-sabi.

The late 1970s fashion scene in London, New York, and Paris was rocked by their Wabi-sabi-inspired creations. They helped Japanese-inspired fashion to gain global recognition and international success through their gender-neutral and androgynous designs.

Conclusion

Modern fashion has been influenced greatly by Japanese culture. Further, when we take a look at the innovative ways in which emerging Japanese designers are tackling sustainable fashion, we can categorically state that this is only the beginning of Japan’s success in the global fashion industry. Keep up with Japanese fashion by following us to see what’s next.


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