As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational…
Hi Kyandi! I have what might be a strange question. I love mahou kei but I also love cult party and fairy kei. Do you think it's possible to combine elements of two (or maybe even all 3??) Of these into a coord? Or would that just be a disaster?
This totally isn’t a strange question at all! In fact, I’m glad you asked me! Mahou Kei is a culmination of everything those styles offer. I’d love to see what you come up with. Personally, I just throw ideas at the wall to see what sticks :P
Of course you can pull elements from pre-existing magical girls (and boys) such as seifuku or flounce skirts and tie them into your outfit. This is a cute look which is often found in other styles as well. Remember, it’s important to have a magical item in the focus for it to be mahou kei, though!
With Mahou Kei, It’s not a fashion tribe, it’s just a little substyle I think many like to do because who doesn’t love magical girls? For me, since I started using the phrase though…it’s like taking the magic or spirit of that magical object (magical girl item or crystal or what have you) and having it breathe life into you. It can be as elaborate as you want, yet it’s important to have a connection with those artifacts.
(For those that don’t know what Mahou Kei is…)
Mahou Kei is a phrase I coined back in 2011. The phrase literally means “Magic Style” in Japanese. The key idea pulls inspiration from the Magical Girl genre, using thematic dress and accessories. Before it had a name to it, it was the way I dressed day to day, which is a mixture of fairy kei, lolita, and a style a sugary witch would wear. It’s very heavy on accessories, as the idea is the amulet, wand, or magical device you focus your outfit on has ‘transformed’ you into your current attire.
I really want to see more done with this! It can be idol magical hero, warrior punk, or flouncy bouncy cute magical! The choices are endless. I’m always happy to see what people come up with.