Harajuku's Posers and Players: 'Harajuku Japanese Street'

January 6, 2010


“You got the wicked style,” Gwen Stefani sang in 2004. How right she was.

No style slouch herself, Stefani spotted the meticulously calculated frippery among sets and subsets of costume-loving young people as a trend that would extend its frilly tentacles into high the world of couture and influence outrageousness in other cultures.

But Japan being, well, Japan, the kids who come to Tokyo’s Harajuku district to strut their stuff were and remain the most dedicated followers of this fashion.

To give Westerners a glimpse into what not to wear to a job interview, the Textile Museum presents “Harajuku Japanese Street,” a demonstration and fashion show that will function like a miniature Harajuku district. Folks dressed to impress will walk the runway, experts will discuss the finer points of Japanese street style and those with a yearning to indulge their Gothic Lolita side can even attend a tutorial on the style.

Register in advance for this two-hour immersion, as space is limited.

» Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW; Sun. Jan. 10, 2-4 p.m., $20 general admission, $15 members; 202-667-0441, ext. 64. (Dupont Circle)

Photo courtesy Textile Museum

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