Redefining Beauty

by asuburbantale

If an average Westerner only looks at the images of dresses on this blog, they would most likely think of the following: modest, chaste, old fashioned, juvenile. An average Japanese would think cute, kawaii, romantic. Lost in translation? I think Western clothing have generally always been about accentuating the body. Whereas Japanese traditional clothing — Kimono, yukata, samue, hakama — have stiff silhouettes that barely show the figure. The beauty of a person is defined through the posture, the physical movements, the neckline, the hands and wrists. I think this Japanese traditional sense of femininity or masculinity translates to an openness towards interpretations of modern clothing and fashion today.