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Cyberpop is a retro-futuristic style that first emerged in Japan during the 90s under the more generic name "cyber fashion" (サイバーファッション). It is characterized by some fantasy, Y2K Futurism, a positive aura, and a stylized clean outline, as opposed to Cyberpunk and Cybergoth, which is rather negative and dark (post-apocalyptic).

Fashion[]

The key difference between Cybergoth and Cyberpop fashion is that the latter mainly focuses on bright colors. Cyberpop also contains more elements of Space Age in the usage of retro-future rings and shoulder puffs. The 1990s and early 2000's future fashion aesthetic found in Y2K Futurism is also influential. The color palette is similar to the one used in the Raver aesthetic, but differs in that natural materials are never used. Both Raver and Cyberpop fashion makes use of neon colored UFO pants, both wide legged and draw string.

Hair[]

  • Heavily bleached in order to achieve vibrant neon shades
  • Color accents are sometimes added with the help of hair color sprays and stencils in various simple shapes like stars, planets, and hearts
  • Wigs
  • Synthetic dreads
    • Declined usage in favor of so called cyberlox - hair pieces made from tubular crin and rexlace

Headwear[]

  • Chunky plastic goggles
  • Futuristic headphones
  • Transluscent neon headwear
  • Hairclips in the more Decora-leaning outfits but with a focus on space themed motifs such as stars, planets, and starships

Outfits[]

  • Tops often have orbit type rings around the collar or on the sleeves to emulate a retro-future energy
    • Also seen on skirts, shorts, pants, shrugs or jackets
  • Neon faux fur as trim on jackets and shrugs.
  • Entire skirts may also use faux fur
  • Jump suits reminiscent of space suits
  • Futuristic neon styled overalls featuring giant plastic buttons
  • Shoes are often platformed
  • High top skate sneakers in neon colors
  • Even canvas high tops
  • Gogo boots paired with fluffy leg warmers (as they're common in raver fashion) are often seen here, though Cyberpop adds its own flair to fluffy legwarmers sometimes in the form of giant buttons.

Accessories[]

  • Often made from neon laser cut acrylic into space-themed shapes or words.
  • Alien space ships, rocket ships, stars and shooting stars are common motifs for necklace wear
  • The brand Cyberdog is famous for its shield necklace which is widely worn by all members of the Cyberpop and Cybergoth communities, featuring soft plastic in a 'V' line with holes along its surface.

Media[]

Cyberpop in jp media

Japanese TV segment about Cyberpop, introducing accessories

Manga & Anime[]

Movies[]

  • The Fifth Element (1997)

Games[]

  • Muse Dash (2018)
  • Ninjala (2020)
  • No Straight Roads (2020)
  • Pop'n Music (1998-present)
  • Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku (2020)
  • Space Channel 5 (1999)
  • Splatoon (2015-present)

Literature[]

  • The City of Shattered Light duology by Claire Winn (2021-2023)

Music[]

Artists[]

  • Moe Shop
  • PAiDA
  • Grimes

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Vendors[]

Gallery[]

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