Great article by Idol Lovers about BABYMETAL’s costume, its changes through the years starting from their beginnings (2011) to present (2017).
Check out the costume evolution and recommended costume of the globally successful heavy metal idol, BABYMETAL!
In 2011, BABYMETAL was formed by the trio Sakura Gakuin members, Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal.
It was originally a sub-unit of the Sakura Gakuin but finally became independent. The powerful sound and shout mixed with underground atmosphere of heavy metal, and the chemistry of Japan’s unique culture of idol has been gaining worldwide attention. Furthermore, attracting people by the unique style costumes and also the ‘kawaii culture’. We’ll introduce you to the most popular costumes starting with the evolution of the costumes they wore up until today.
– 2011. The “Doki Doki Morning” era costume.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) August 22, 2012
They were formed as Sakura Gakuin’s heavy music club, with “Doki Doki Morning” as their first single which was released in the format of DVD and delivery distribution. The contrast between red and black is the main point. Ever since the debut, red and black has been the standard uniform of BABYMETAL’s costume.
– 2011. The “Headbangerrr!!” era costume
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) August 4, 2012
Headbangerrr!! was BABYMETAL’s first single which was released in CD via Indie Label. I wonder if the neck brace was intended to show the effect of headbanging too much? I suppose the main point is the fluffy skirt as an addition to the simple red and black.
– 2013. The “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” era costume.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) October 19, 2012
Ijime, Dame, Zettai was the 2nd single which was released in January 2013. BABYMETAL was getting a lot of people to know them with this song. The motif of the costume was armor, Su-metal’s upper half is decorated in silver armor while Yuimetal and Moametal are equipped with spikes.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) January 10, 2013
They also appeared in idol-ish retro costumes for the world reformation.
– 2013. The “Megitsune” era costume.
「メギツネ」がウィークリーチャート7位に！！前作から2作連続のTOP10入り！！応援ありがとうございます！！これからもナンバーワンよりオンリーワンな存在を目指して、BABYMETALはGoing my wayで突き進みます！！ pic.twitter.com/6XUOhuGYn9
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) June 26, 2013
As the 3rd single “Megitsune” was released, BABYMETAL continues their activities vigorously. The main point is the 2 layers red-black pannier skirt with black blouse with red frills.
「キツネ祭り」超絶なアツさでした！！集まってくれた「キツネさん」ありがとうございました！明日は「SUMMER CAMP」！カッコいいバンドさんが出演するイベントなので、BABYMETALも神バンドでガチでいきます！なめたらいかんぜよ！ pic.twitter.com/WkAF1a62tj
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) July 14, 2013
Furthermore, the costume had 2nd version which was a Kimono-style, a modification of Japanese-style clothing.
– 2013. The Festival era costume.
12月21日（土）幕張メッセ「LEGEND"1997" SU-METAL聖誕祭」グッズ販売情報DEATH！！ラバーキーホルダーが新登場！！SU-METAL、YUIMETAL、MOAMETAL、そしてBABYMETALの4種あります！！ pic.twitter.com/hKCcskyHrc
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) December 19, 2013
In the later half of the 2013, BABYMETAL was performing in many summer festivals. The armor costume was upgraded and became bustier-style.
– 2014. The “Music Station” performance era costume.
Mステ初出演！！2/7（金）テレビ朝日「ミュージックステーション」出演決定DEATH！！ お茶の間へむけて、いよいよ“メタルレジスタンス”の幕開けだ！！ pic.twitter.com/cH0kSQeRCb
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) January 31, 2014
The costume has undergone minor changes in details over and over again throughout 2014. The main point of this elaborate design is the dot pattern, silver armor shoulder rests and the 3 layered leather skirt.
– The 2014~2015 era costume.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) August 15, 2015
The armor design costume was upgraded little by little. The flared-sleeves gave BABYMETAL a little bit of feminine look.
– The year end of 2015 costume.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) December 12, 2015
The bustier design has changed into futuristic design.
– The 2016 era costume.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) May 5, 2016
BABYMETAL has released their 2nd album “Metal Resistance” and doing world tour. The costumes has also changed from red to more black in tone, and different design for each of the trio.
-The 2017. present.
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) April 13, 2017
The current BABYMETAL costume has completely evolved into black tone. With the use of glossy materials, the costumes have made them shine even more on the stage.
This is BABYMETAL’s most popular costume!
BABYMETAL have gone through many transitions since their debut 6 years ago. They are popular not only by their songs but also their costumes, so much that the costume exhibition was held. And among those costumes, which is the most popular one? By summing up the voice of the fans we’ll find out the result.
— たろ a.k.a.TAROO-METAL (@kotaromas) December 16, 2016
BABYMETAL interacted with a lot of artists in outside of Japan. The kimono-style costume which also represents Japan culture is the most popular among foreigners. The costume have only been used in a small amount of performances, a lot of fans want to see them wearing this costume again.
BABYMETAL TOKYO DOME
— 紅月 (@Fnsxj750) September 11, 2016
If you want to cosplay BABYMETAL, go to this store!
— ふみや@ふみ♡ぱんだ もふもふ父兄 (@zibanyan4649) August 8, 2016
BABYMETAL’s costume has been drawing attentions. Recently, it also become popular as a cosplay in Halloween. They even sold a lot of them by mail orders, right? And among those which became hot topics, this one is the highlight, the costume which sold at don quixote (*don ki) store in Akihabara.
This is a complete set of costume to become BABYMETAL, and it is well known among the fans. If you happen to be near the don ki store, why not try to look for this costume?