Lather, Rinse, Repeat-o!

Posted on: November 30, 2008

I just want you guys to know that I went through more pages of the Hello! Online picboard than I really want to remember to find all of the pics for this rather pic-heavy post. (Over 500 pages. >_< )

So, anyway… I browse said picboard occasionally and have noticed something: H!P tends to reuse costumes! That’s not to say that what Takahashi Ai wore two years ago some Egg is wearing now, but they do consistently reuse themes and ideas, and possibly even fabric? I’ve gone through and found 20 examples of this. There may be a few instances in here where the similar costumes were from the same event, but I don’t think there are any where I’m only comparing those possibilities.

Let’s start out with the ones that make the most sense:
Morning Coffee is part of the whole reason that H!P even exists, so it’s no wonder they keep coming back to the red plaid. It looks good on the girls, especially the pleated skirts. The particular tartan changes up a bit, but generally stays just red and black. I had kilts like that as a little girl. (My grandmother is from Scotland. ^_^ )

Next, there’s the tradition of the huge concert where everyone gets a similar outfit!
Those are from 2 different years, as any fan can tell, but on first glance (or so I’m basing on a few friends and my husband) they look close enough to be “really similar”. Each group gets a different color, and every outfit is a bit different, so it’s really easy for two “sets” to blend together.

But what about when H!P plays up to stereotypes?

We’ve got the girls dressed in suits:

And as princes:

And cops:

Not to mention OL:

And the girls in kimono:

And, the All-American fantasy, cheerleaders:

But on top of that, sometimes they’ll do a bunch of similar outfits in similar colors!
These two *might* be part of the same set, but they’re hideous in entirely different ways, and I’m having a hard time really looking at them to tell.

Sparkly, frilly, and red is an H!P equation for win.

Because, really, who can’t remember all of the people complaining about how much the “Onna ni Sachi Are” costumes looked like the “The Peace” costumes?

But, perhaps the best ones of these to look at are the ones that seem like they were designed to match, but weren’t (or at least weren’t to my knowledge).

Mini-kimonos? Last I checked, they weren’t too popular outside of the Sakura Mankai video, but here’s Yaguchi wearing one again. (And, yes, I know the first one is Konkon.)

When I first saw this shot of Chisato, I immediately though of Berryz Koubou’s “Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai” video, even though I hadn’t watched it in quite a while.

These outfits look way too similar to not be related, don’t they? The splotches of different brights colors, the poofs in the similar areas, but they definitely have their differences.

Shall we welcome the newest member of High-King? Oh, wait. Oops! That’s just an Ayaya tour outfit. But, the resemblance is a bit scary. If it weren’t for the print on the sleeves, she’d fit right in.

Then Reina showed up as the latest member of Berryz Kamen in her new photobook!

And then we have Satoda Mai, Charmy and Yossie ready to hop into a Morning Musume concert to perform Pepper Keibu!

This actually might be the same outfit, but there are some very slight differences. The tie’s a different color, the shorts are slightly shorter for the one the Egg is wearing, and the pockets on those shorts are bigger. (I am quite the seamstress and notice these lame details.) If they are supposed to be the same outfit, why are the eggs wearing them now? (Or was this first picture mislabeled? I don’t recognize it as a member of Berryz…)

Airi’s ready to go back in time to join this photoshoot for MoMusu’s “I WISH”. Her green is a bit darker, but the similarity is a bit uncanny.

Finally, we also get the kind of costumes that the girls get to wear variations of…
It appears that Momo is happy to serve… burgers and fries?

That’s all for now, folks. Tune in soon for another picspam post with the girls “charm points”. And, no, that’s not a euphemism for breasts.


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