The Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult, Predicting Fashion Trends?

My look has moved on from the “Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult” looks I tried when sewing up garments from “Happy Homemade Sew Chic,” a Japanese sewing pattern book by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Yet every so often, like Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies, it pulls me back in.

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Today’s fashion explosion shows how premature my look was. Behold, this full-page ad from the Ralph Lauren spring collection was in The New York Times last week:

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Look familiar?

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The colorway is different, but the design is very similar. I got this fabric from Mood – it was sold as a Ralph Lauren panel, about 56 inches square. I made this beach coverup from Happy Homemade’s project P: Pinafore Dress, in August 2015 – that’s a whole 2.5 years before Ralph Lauren came out with that skirt. So I declare myself not just fashion-forward, but fashion-leading.

Take that, Ralph!

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