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LOLITA (Fashion)

Lolita fashion (ロリータ・ファッション Rorīta fasshon) is a fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian-era clothing, but the style has expanded greatly beyond Japan.   The Lolita look began primarily as one of modesty with a focus on quality in both material and manufacture of garments.

The original silhouette is of a knee length skirt or dress with a "cupcake" shape assisted by petticoats, but has expanded into various types of garments including corsets and floor length skirts.   Blouses, knee high socks or stockings and headdresses are also worn.

Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub styles and has a subculture that is present in many parts of the world.

The movement started in the late 1970s in regional Japan and slowly began to spread as various trendy clothing labels and boutiques began to sell items that would be considered 'Lolita' by today's standards.

In the 1990s, Lolita fashion became better recognized, with bands like Princess Princess becoming popular at the time.   These bands wore intricate costumes, which fans began adopting as their own style.

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Princess Princess (プリンセス・プリンセス Purinsesu Purinsesu)
commonly referred to as Puri-Puri
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The style soon spread and ultimately reached Tokyo where it became popularized throughout Japanese youth culture.

Today, Lolita fashion has gained global popularity and can even be found on the racks in department stores in Japan.

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Lolita fashion exploded in the West after the release of 'Kamikaze Girls'
(下妻物語 Shimotsuma Monogatari, "Shimotsuma Story"),
a 2002 film adapted from the popular light novel, and subsequent manga, Shimotsuma Monogatari.
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Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub-styles, such as, Gothic Lolita, Sweet Lolita, Classic Lolita, Punk Lolita, Princess Lolita (aka Hime Lolita or 姫 Lolita), Shiro & Kuro Lolita, Ōji Lolita (Boystyle), Guro (Gore) Lolita (aka 'Broken Doll' style), Sailor Lolita, Country Lolita, Wa Lolita (aka Wa rori 和ロリ), Qi Lolita and Casual Lolita - and has become a recognizable subculture in many parts of the world, and there is a growing group of dedicated western Lolita fashionistas who wear Lolita clothing on a semi-regular or even a day-to-day basis.


RELATED PAGES:
CASUAL LOLITA
CLASSIC LOLITA
COUNTRY LOLITA
GOTHIC LOLITA
GURO LOLITA
ŌJI LOLITA (Boystyle)
PRINCESS LOLITA
PUNK LOLITA
QI LOLITA
SAILOR LOLITA
SHIRO and KURO LOLITA
SWEET LOLITA
WA LOLITA


SEE ALSO:
ZOKU (Tribe)


OTHER SITES OF INTEREST:
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LOLITAFASHION.org
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