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Friday, January 22, 2010

Be a Dark and Lovely Gothic Lolita

If you love the look of Victorian children or baby doll styles but tend to be rather dark in your outlook and prefer dark color schemes like black, dark blues and purple then you may want to become a Gothic Lolita (known in Japan as gosurori, "goth-loli"). And we can help! We’ve got four lovely dresses to choose from:


Wikipedia explains that the Gothic Lolita style is a mixture of the Gothic and Lolita fashions. As with western gothic subculture, cross jewelry and other religious symbols are also used to accessorize the look, and bags and purses are often in uncommon shapes like bats, coffins, and crucifixes. Like many other Lolita fashions, the Japanese visual kei movement was responsible for helping to introduce and popularize the Gothic Lolita style. One artist in particular, Mana, a Japanese musician and fashion-designer, is considered to be the major force behind the popularization of the Gothic Lolita style, describing his designs as Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) and Elegant Gothic Aristocrat (EGA).

One article by a follower of the movement puts it this way: “The Lolita style of dress is inspired by the romantic images of the Victorian era (1837–1901) and the Edwardian era (1901–1910), or Belle Epoque, with influences stretching as far back as the Rococo movement, which reached its height under the reign of Louis XV in the 1730s. However, the Lolita we speak of in terms of fashion differs greatly from its historic predecessors. Our Lolita lives for innocence, decadence, and a life of elegance. And she was born in the 1980s, and then coddled by her rock-god parents in the 1990s.”

Amazon.com has several volumes of The Gothic & Lolita Bible for more information, and you can become part of the EGL community on LiveJournal.

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