While by no means a booming fashion trend, in recent years Japan has seen a growing interest in the colorful niche of themed swimsuits. While they are obviously attention-getters at any beach or poolside gathering, they also function as valuable pieces for cosplayers and models, as seen with the Shrine Maiden Bikini. Japanese fetish and design brand School Fiction has been leading the way with a fashion lineup of "sexy" swimsuits with the aesthetic of traditional Japanese school uniforms. The latest in their series takes another classic Japanese school uniform, the gakuran, and transforms it into a stylish and very convincing swimsuit.

The gakuran is a stand-up collar jacket worn by boys as part of a school uniform in Japan. With the help of cosplay model and designer Moira Design, School Fiction is releasing the "Gakuran Sukumizu" (Gakuran School Swimsuit), which takes the schoolboy look and gives women who never got a chance to wear a gakuran an opportunity to do so in style.

The swimsuit's trademark gakuran collar can be adjusted by a fastener, and allows you to simulate unbuttoning the suit. While all pockets are decorative, the quality of design gives the impression that outside of swimming, the suit could easily convince your friends that you're wearing an actual Japanese school uniform (provided you put on pants)--or make for some great cosplay photos, as shown by fetish model and designer Moira.

The novelty of a "forbidden" school uniform swimsuit for girls may not translate too far outside of Japan, but as we've seen in the past with a variety of sailor uniform-themed indoor apparel, the nostalgic charm for one's school days can make for some interesting clothing hybrids.

Moira has modeled other fetish school-themed swimsuits in the past as well, a variety of which can be seen here.

Advance orders for the Gakuran Sukumizu are currently being taken up until September 30th at both School Fiction and Moira Design, although Amazon is likely to carry them as well. It's priced at 14,500 yen for a one-size fits all (the site says it covers women's sizes small to medium) due to its stretchable fabric and fastener. Orders will be shipped roughly one month after being processed.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.