Last night the Museum at FIT hosted Tokyo Fashion Festa NY, which included a Cosplay fashion show featuring costumes inspired by favorite characters from manga and anime followed by a make-up demonstration on applying your own cosplay and subcultural looks like “Gothic Lolita”. After the event, there was a tea party reception where you could pick up your complimentary tube of paint-on fake eyelashes.
Japanese pop culture as interpreted through manga, anime or videogames has increasingly been influencing fashion designers and artists. Cosplay (costume play) is not a subversive street style but rather more likened to Halloween dress up as popular characters from manga (comic books), anime (animated films), or video games. It may sound like a limited subgroup but interest seems to be growing not only in Japan but also in the US.