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Aesthetic Roots: Harajuku & The Mode Style

The new aesthetic for my project being a mix between Harajuku and “the mode style” fashion illustrates the ability for an individual to express themselves through their clothing. Harajuku is a movement against strict societal rules and pressures to fit in with the norm. It created a sort of subculture community for anyone to be able to express their individuality. Currently, one of the major trends is the idea of taking something old, cutting it up and making something completely new out of it, usually with a new shape as well. The name for these clothing stores is called a “Nincompoop Capacity” and they sell original, vintage, remade clothing. Another trend is called “the mode style,” which takes a more minimalist, monotone approach to clothing.

My own personal aesthetic would not relate to the physical boldness and uniqueness of Harajuku fashion; however, it would relate to the idea of being confident in your individuality. I decided to combine this aesthetic with another Japanese trend that follows a more minimalistic tone that I can relate to, “the mode style.” This style is primarily defined by being black, but has moved into monochromatic colors as well. I believe I am a very simple person, and that the majority of my things aren’t bold and flashy but neutral and relaxed.

The combination of being expressive and confident in creating something new while maintaining a more monotone, minimalist approach parallels my own personal aesthetic of being energetic and confident but easygoing and relaxed.



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  • Abdulrahman Nashawi
    April 13, 2020 8:19 pm

    Hello Hailee! I like your post and how you explained different concepts. All the information you mentioned is new to me so that was an interesting post to read. I really think your last sentence about your aesthetic is really cool. It gives a feeling of a great and interesting aesthetic.

  • Kensue Kiatoukaysy
    April 12, 2020 5:45 pm

    Hey Hailee, i think this will be a cool aesthetics to go for and I hope the project is something usable not just for this class! Good luck.


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