The Kobe Collection (神戸コレクション?) is a fashion event that has been held in Kobe, Japan and other cities during spring and autumn every year since 2002; over 30 brands have participated. It is characteristically a public relations event for consumers, and a chance for young designers to publish their own designs.
In the second half of the 19th century, there were many trading companies and banks that made inroads into Kobe, and the comparatively wealthy families who worked for these companies, tended to live on the mountain side of Kobe and Ashiya. Originally the Kobe fashion-style was seen in children of such wealthy families. The fashion-style was characterized by the refined everyday wear which in quiet colors (navy blue, black, white and gray), in contrast to the popular style for girls in Osaka. From around 1990, many Japanese women's magazines came to take up this style, because it is known to look refined and cute by women in their teens and early 20's. A magazine named Kobe Style focuses on the style trends of Kobe.
The mode of "Kobe-Style" has somewhat changed, although it is expressed as a pronoun of a conservative fashion in Japan currently, it has been popular among young Japanese girls. Kobe collection has held a strong social background in Japan and surrounding east-Asian countries; In 2007, Kobe collection was held in Shanghai, Yokohama, and in Kobe.
Sponsors (2002 - 2007)
- American Express
- Asahi Breweries
- Asahi Kasei
- JJ (magazine)
- Kirin Brewery Company
- Mainichi Broadcasting System
- Namco Bandai
- Nissan Motors
- Tokyo Broadcasting System
- VISA Japan
- UCC Ueshima Coffee Co.
- what is kobe-style? (japanese), retrieved March 14, 2007
- article in Kobe newspaper about fashion (japanese), retrieved March 14, 2007
- introduction by TV-Tokyo (japanese), retrieved March 14, 2007
- an interpretive article of Kobe Collection, retrieved March 14, 2007
- Sankei Newspaper 15 Sep. 2007, retrieved September 16, 2007