Those who grow up in the 90s should remember Sailor Moon. This anime was phenomenal for the pop culture of the end of the past century. If you can hardly remember what this anime is about, we can remind you. It tells about a magic girl who combats bad boys and evil creatures.
Usagi Tsukino and other magic girls from her team were amazing and many fans enjoyed them immensely. The creation of these anime girls was influenced by many fashion designers, artworks, films, and commercials popular at that time. So, let’s look more precisely at looks, trends, and movies that the author used to create her anime girls.
Thierry Mugler (Koan)
The appearance and dresses of Koan from the Black Moon Clan were created using the collection of Thierry Mugler (1992). This is one sample similar to the dress of this charming but dark queen. This rocking girl added spices to this anime. The Sailor Moon anime was distinctive for having amazing characters both from the good and bad sides. They looked gorgeous and fashionable all the time.
Christian Dior (Serenity)
The appearance of Serenity was designed by the author keeping in mind the looks made by the Christian Dior fashion house in 1992. This character acted as nerd sometimes but she had to become a good warrior and protect others from evil creatures. She coped with that amazingly and expressed her charming side meanwhile. Fans liked not only the transformations of this character but also her fantastic dresses. They are anime copies of Dior dresses made in 1992. These looks were very womanish and charming as the character who wore them.
Setsuna’s looks were created using dresses made by Channel. Here there is one of them. Yes, Naoko Takeuchi was not only a good and inventive writer but also was aware very well with the latest for that time trends, fashion, and art history. She designed her characters because simply was inspired by various fashion shows and magazines. Beautiful look, isn’t it?
Thierry Mugler (Hotaru)
The look of Hotaru emerged after this fashion house presented a similar one in its 1992 collection. Sailor Saturn was very stylish. The anime itself produced plenty of space for imagination and amazing looks. The author did her best to create good looks both for evil and good characters of this anime. They had such amazing looks in abundance. For these reasons, many fans enjoyed this anime immensely. The author was skilled at catching fashion trends and reflecting such in the looks of her characters.
Yves Saint Laurent (The Wicked Lady)
If you remember the OPIUM advertisement, you can notice many similarities with the Wicked Lady. The posses, gestures, looks, and even colors are very similar to ones that The Wicked Lady had. Naoko Takeuchi was inspired not only by fashion shows but also by different commercials and fashion magazines. She had a keen eye on the fashion trends and reflected them in her illustrations.
Christian Lacroix (Calaveras)
This character was created by using looks from the Christian Lacroix fashion shows. Naoko Takeuchi was highly attentive to details and managed to reflect some chosen ideas of this fashion designer to the maximum extent possible. Of course, you could hardly notice all these details if you are not a fashion fan but, for your convenience, we have picked some samples. Apart from knowledge of fashion history, the author of this anime, had a very good taste about choosing one of the best designs for her characters. This one by Christian Lacroix proves that.
The Marrying Man
The author relied not only on fashion trends but also used the ideas from different movies, advertisements, art, and similar works. You can also see similarities with different pop groups of the 90s, Vogue, fashion in Japan. Takeuchi’s anime is full of amazing fashion details and art pieces that looked gorgeous and made this amine remarkable. Here is only one example. You may see on your own how similar are styles, looks, and even colors.
Different artworks of western art had a great influence on the work of Naoko Takeuchi. This one artwork Precious Stones by Alphonse Mucha proves that. The panels of Sailor Senshi were similar to this work. You may notice how many similar details, looks, gestures, postures are here. This was a good choice its author made.
Well, as you may see, it is always easy to create some extremely popular things when the author feels trends and can notice great looks nearly everywhere. Naoko Takeuchi is an author of such kind who had created Sailor Moon anime that many of us enjoyed in the 90s and will remember far longer