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Fashionable Japan: 1910s-1920s by lilsuika Fashionable Japan: 1910s-1920s by lilsuika

Edit 8/9/14: Fixed the dates on several drawings. Thank you so much to zyozyouga for pointing out the correct dates for me. :)

Original photo refs on my tumblr

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This is a hairstyle chart that is meant to cover the Taishō era (1912-1926). However the dates for many reference photographs were rather vague, so some might actually fall into Shōwa era (1926-1989). Regrettably I couldn’t cover EVERY single hairstyle from this period so please consider this to be a brief overview. There are no Geisha, Maiko, etc featured here; they will be covered in another fashion timeline someday.

Some interesting notes about Meiji-Taisho era from Liza Crihfield Dalby’s Kimono: Fashioning Culture (1993)

    · “Men and women of Meiji had gulped up Western culture with all the indiscriminate enthusiasm of new converts. By Taishō, Japanese sensibilities vis-à-vis the West were much smoother. This was Japan’s political equivalent of the … social scene of the American Roaring Twenties. Japanese born during Taishō would enter adolescence as modern boys and girls. Significantly, women opened their closets to Western clothing during this decade. Kimono has lost space ever since.” (pg. 124)

    ·  “By 1915 Japan was beginning to feel itself a world-class nation, more confident of its military strength and social development. Ordinary Japanese were inclined to look at their society in light of how life might be bettered by adapting foreign ideas, or made more interesting by acquiring foreign fashions. Borrowing from the West was of course not new, but it had now become a more reciprocal and respectable process.” (pg. 124)

WOMEN’s HAIR:

    ·  In the Meiji era “a few women cropped their hair, but these courageous souls were simply regarded as weird” and indecent (pg. 75)

    · “If cutting the hair short was too radical [in Meiji Japan], as public reaction attests, women’s hair did gain a new option in the sokugami style, a pompadour resembling the chignons worn by Charles Dana Gibson’s popular Gibson girls. The further the front section, or ‘eaves,’ of the hair protruded, the more daring the style. The sokugami style bunched the hair, coiling it in a bun at the crown of the head. Unlike traditional coiffures, sokugami did not require the heavy use of pomade, pins, bars, strings, and false hair to hold its shape. Its appeal was promoted as healthier and more rational – hence, more enlightened- than the old ways.” (pg. 75)


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:iconbernardodisco:
BernardoDisco Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
sugui desu ne!
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Indleglance Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Cute. I love Japanese culture and mentality. Some hairstyles remind me of oiran or geisha hairstyles. Yay Tokyo Plz
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Raian-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!
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superdes513 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty cool and very nice. I really love the different fashion throughout the period.
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Poisoninsect Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Professional Filmographer
So awesome and cool <3
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MintoMocha Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I Love 1919 lovleyyy
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LilyIsTheDino Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol the woman has a lot compared to the men section
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keys54321 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the 1919 fashion, looks really beautiful
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AisforInterval Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student Filmographer
Very nicely done! I'm always a sucker for studies of fashions/hairstyles over the years, and this is really in-depth!
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twocupsofbancha Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoooooa, thanks so much for this!!! This is a topic that is so often overlooked you can barely find nice references. 
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Gwiber49 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm growing my hair into a ponytail.
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ZzzShadows Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD i was confused at the end because i thought the women turned into men 
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AquaAurion Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
I love seeing different hairstyles like this and seeing which time period they belong to is an exellent addition. I think the 1919 woman looks absolutely gorgeous~
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
through time, they got so.............western!!!!!
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wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome~
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zyozyouga Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Oops.
Forgot to write.

Not wearing a cloche hat braid hair girl(sailor-fuku). No 1910s Yes mid-1920s-1930s
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you for pointing it out. I've updated the image with the corrected dates. If there are still any dates that need correcting, please let me know. :)
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:iconzyozyouga:
zyozyouga Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
(sorry google translate)

Wow!
I'm so happy. I'm glad you introduced the clothing of Japan. I like a your illustration that summarizes the history of the clothing of China and Vietnam.

I want to cooperate with you. I know approximately until the 1910s-1920s japanese women fashion.

Lightmost of the second row from the top. No 1910s Yes late-1920s or 1930s.
Leftmost of the third row from the top. No 1910s Yes early-1920s.
Second from the right in the third row from the top. No 1920s Yes 1930s.(early or middle)
left next to the braid hair girl.  Bobbed girl. No 1910s Yes 1920s-1930s.
Right next to the braid hair girl. Ribbon girl. No 1920s Yes 1910s
Left side of the cloche hat braid hair girl. Bobbed ribbon girl. No 1910s Yes 1920s-1930s.

Sorry to be rude.
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you for pointing out the dates. I looked through the reference pictures and some do look like they belong in the 1920s/1930s (or vice versa). 
 
No need to apologize, there was no rudeness at all. I'm very glad you pointed out the errors in the dates. I am much more informed now! Thank yo so much! :)
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
hi, i was wondering, is there any ancient Korean masked make-up face like ancient Chinese & Japanese? if so, can you give me a link?! :)
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Cool!
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Great job!
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japan112899 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I got inspired. 
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iMarjolein Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
How do you always know these things so accurately? :)
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Research! And reading lots and lots of books from amazing authors/researchers. :)
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iMarjolein Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I see! Do you have any recommends for authors, I'm interested in reading some books :)
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skipperofotters05 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
But how did they actually style it like that? DX
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
This youtube video shows you how to do a Gibson Girl hairstyle while this one is based on poofy  Edwardian hairstyle. That might be how they pulled off the look back then. :)
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skipperofotters05 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Oh! Thank you so much! I'll have to try it! :D  I have copious amounts of hair so I'm constantly looking for ways to put it up and pin it out of the way XO
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SheapSheap Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Great compilation :D
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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aliaswrongname Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
This is great, thanks!
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Very much welcome! :)
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MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks really cool! Some of these style almost look like a combination of geisha and flapper.
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Geisha and flapper is a pretty awesome combo. :)
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MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know!
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TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I always wondered when the ball-knot was born.
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karecrazy83 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Pretty good
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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karecrazy83 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Your welcome take care
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art4life217 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
So cool! Love it
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bubblegummachinehead Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really know why but I like this.
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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bubblegummachinehead Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome.
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
i really like the 1920 girl hair style!
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:iconlilsuika:
lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
I do too! :)
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
:D
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ggjustgrace Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Thankyou for this! I love how deeply you researched it, thanks for sharing!
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words! :)
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