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Weird fashion from history

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Weird fashion from history

Post by sassy86 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:14 am

People in the
past looked (often) ridiculous. And that's not only the point of view of a fashionista heheheh


Actually if you look into it, you find some pretty interesting explanations for these weird fashions



Ponytails Stuck on the Top of Samurais' Heads




The iconic image of a Japanese warrior (or today, sumo wrestler)
comes complete with a weird hairstyle in which the front of the head is
shaved while the remaining mullet is bound up in a bun or topknot. The
origin of this bizarre haircut, called "chonmage", goes all the way back to the age of the samurai, as it helped to keep a samurai's helmet on his head.

Since the samurai class were wealthy and influential nobility, it
didn't take long for the style to catch on among the Japanese public,
who longed to be sword-slinging badasses. Over time, it became
traditional for boys turning 13 to shave the front of their heads and adopt the samurai hairstyle to signal that they had become men. Hair neatness was so important in Japan that artists usually employed messy hair as shorthand to represent someone who had been in some way disgraced.



The fashion was pretty widespread until globalization forced the
Japanese to realize that the rest of the world found their hairstyles
absolutely ridiculous -- which is a ballsy claim, considering everyone
in the West was wearing powdered wigs at the time (but more on that
later)



A story from 1863
recounts the adventures of two Japanese students who covered their
chonmage hairstyles with hats while visiting Holland. When forced to
remove the hats at the theater, they caused such an uproar of hilarity
that the play had to be stopped, and the story made the national press
the next day. It's just another example of a national pastime ruined by
racism.



These days, the legacy of chonmage remains almost solely with sumo wrestlers, who are too fat to be bothered with your criticism of their hairstyles.
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