Got my Gyaru On
Photo by HI HI CARO!
Went to ZIPPERCUT‘s Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style— good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay long and take as many photos that night.
The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn’t overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture… this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I’ve never taken the time to delve into its full history. It’s a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some ‘power’ in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I’ve always found Japan’s extreme rebellions quite interesting… but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.
Small collection of photos HERE!