Constellation: Harajuku

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It is interesting to note how the harajuku style is informed by the styles of other subcultures such as punk by seemingly using Polhemus’ idea of the ‘supermarket of style’. The most interesting aspect of this subculture to me is the large female influence and ability to dress unapologetically feminine. It is not often amongst subcultural styles where femininity and female stereotypes, such as the use of the colour pink and the frilly socks, are seemingly celebrated. As a lot of subcultures have such a heavy masculine image it is refreshing as a feminist to see a style in which being feminine is not seen as a weakness and can be easily paired with strong transgressive styles such as punk in order to present a strong female image.

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