Isn't this crazy? Modern Japanese fashion is completely different from ancient Japanese fashion. In ancient Japan, woman wore long silk dresses with 12 layers. These layers were folded in a way so you could see multiple layers at once. Some nobles carried around decorated fans. These fans usually had birds, trees, and/or flowers painted on them. Some had flowers on their fans and others had long silk strings connected to them.
Fashion wasn't the only thing the nobles loved. They cared greatly about how they spoke and wrote. The men wrote in Chinese, but the women wrote in Japanese. Therefore, many of the greatest works of early Japanese literatures were wrote by women. Some people spent hours rewriting poems because they wanted the poems to look as beautiful as they sounded.