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non-westernhistoricalfashion: mademoiselle-iona: Emperor Meiji taking a stroll. In 1871, Emperor Meiji issued a mandate requiring high officials, sailors, and army officers to wear Western-style clothing during business hours. Women also followed this trend, wearing bustle dresses made from Japanese textiles. During the Meiji Period, wearing Western-style clothing because synonymous with embracing modernity. However, Western-style apparel was impractical for Japanese lifestyles, as full ...