According to Wikipedia the term
“Lolita" refers to a fashion subculture in Japan that is primarily
Victorian clothing, as well as
costumes from the Rococo period.
Lolita has made this into a
unique fashion by adding gothic and original design elements to the
look. From this, Lolita fashion has evolved into
several different sub-styles and has created a devoted subculture in
Japan. The Lolita look consists primarily of a knee length skirt or
dress, headdress, blouse, petticoat, knee high socks, or stockings
and rocking horse or high heel/platform shoes.
Although the origin of Lolita fashion
is unclear, it is likely the movement started in the late 1970s. In
the 1990s, Lolita fashion became better recognized with bands like
Malice Mizer Visual Kei (or visual type) bands coming into
popularity. These bands wore intricate costumes, which fans began
adopting as their own style. The style soon spread from its origins
in the Kansai region, and ultimately reached Tokyo where it became
popularized throughout Japanese youth culture. Today, Lolita fashion
has grown so much in popularity that it can be found in department
stores in Japan. Today, many young people wear the fashion all
around the world.
"Lolitas" present themselves as Victorian children or porcelain
dolls and prefer to look "cute" or "beautiful" rather than "sexy."
Lolitas agree that the term does not necessarily have anything to do
with sex. The irony of the name could be considered in that the
fashion was created to fight the growing exposure of the body and
skin in today's society; specifically in regards to young women.
Lolita fashion can be considered a movement where girls, ranging
from their pre-teens to late 20s, fight the current fashion with
modesty. The style allows a girl to feel young, cute, beautiful, or
off-limits, depending on which type of Lolita a girl chooses to be.
There are several types, which include Gothic Lolita, Classic
Lolita, Punk Lolita, and Sweet Lolita.
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Written for Apparel Search by Regina Cooper
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