Japan Fashion Week designer Mikio Sakabe staged a manga-inspired fashion show on Friday in Tokyo's Akihabara district, known for its electronic gadgets and techno geek culture.
The show was a part of the Akihabara Entertainment Festival 2009, a nine-day event covering anime, manga and other modern Japanese entertainment forms. Staff from a popular 'maid cafe,' for which the neighborhood has become famous, served as models for the show.
In a nod to the setting for the show, Sakabe showed maid-inspired looks as well as tulle skirts in candy colors paired with oversized t-shirts, and a tuxedo-inspired jacket and dress combo. Another quirky touch: some of the girls sported cat ears or tails and carried small stuffed animals as they walked the stage.