Angura Kei is a dark japanese fashion that is often associated with the eroguro kei subgenre of Visual Kei. [1]

The style is very similar to traditional visual kei, with large hair, similar color schemes, and gothic themes. However, the style focuses on outfits inspired by traditional Japanese clothing.

Name[edit | edit source]

The name angura kei (アングラ系) derives from the japanese pronunciation of ''underground'' (アンダーグランド), which refers to its origins in undergound theater. [2]

History[edit | edit source]

From everything that influences angura kei, the strongest influence is underground theater. Before it has become a style, it was mostly worn by actors in plays during 60-70s. This white makeup style, and the traditional Japanese fashions, are partially what influenced this style, alongside visual kei.

Ungerground music groups of the same name have also influenced this style, such as MUCC, Floppy, Guniw Tools, Metronome, and Nookicky. [2]

Style Basics[edit | edit source]

Angura style has no hard and fast rules, however, there are a handful of common themes between those who wear the style.

Traditional Clothing[edit | edit source]

The clothes tend to be heavily influenced by traditional japanese elements as well as the Showa era (1926-1989) but with a Goth spin to it. The make-up usually consists of shironuri, and is dark and heavy. While kimono are the most common used by visual kei artist, the style also often features modified japanese school uniforms. Motifs and accessories are themed around post-war Japan and the occult.

Colors[edit | edit source]

Color schemes in angura kei are mainly black, and other dark colors. However, other brighter colors can be used as well, such as jewel tones, as well as softer, pastel colors, like pink.

Makeup[edit | edit source]

Angura makeup is similar to visual key. Dark and heavy makeup, especially around the eyes, is popular. Shironuri white face makeup is also popular in the style, although not necessarily required.

Hairstyles[edit | edit source]

Angura has similar hairstyles to visual kei, with large, teased hair being popular. Unnatural colors, like red and blue, are also popular, alongside black hair. Those who wear the style may also wear a traditional hairstyle in an unnatural color, or teased, for a unique take on the style.

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Chains and spikes are popular accessories in angura kei, as well as traditional Japanese accessories, like floral arrangements worn in the hair.

Shoes[edit | edit source]

Shoes in angura kei will vary, but popular choices are black leather boots, often knee high and decorated with chains and straps, as well as shoes inspired by traditional Japanese clothing.

Brands & Shops[edit | edit source]

Angura has no associated brands. Many who wear the style create and alter their own clothing to gain their own unique style.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

  1. "Angura Kei Fashion". Japan Bullet. March 15, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2020 from https://www.japanbullet.com/life-style/angura-kei-fashion
  2. 2.0 2.1 SHIRONURI fashion and ANGURA culture. Pop kakumei. February 3, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2020 from http://pop-kakumei.blogspot.com/2013/02/shironuri-fashion-and-angura-culture_3.html
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