I went to Vienna together with four-pink-walls for a Lolita meet-up, it was the first one for both of us. We had a lot of fun and everybody looked so cute!
What’s the name of this dress? Anyone?
lolita is literally a harajuku substyle that was taken from rococo period girl’s fashion, which as you may have guessed by the name, is european. this is why you have “antique” lolita coords that are literally just old rococo style dresses and finery that have been passed down over the years that have never set one sleeve in japan and yet are still lolita, because the rejuvenation of the style is not something exclusively japanese. lolita in itself is a cultural exchange between western period clothing styles and japanese fashion
i’ve definitely seen the argument that anybody who is not japanese should not be allowed to engage in lolita things or be lolita, but i honestly think that’s an incredibly narrow-minded way of thinking that is not very reasonable at all, especially with the above considered. on top of that, the japanese lolita community is frequently reaching out to the rest of the world, trying to spread the love of lolita fashion. brands are increasingly becoming more and more accessible for lolitas who are not japanese (both purchasing-wise and tailoring-wise, and even being overtly thrilled over foreign customers helping support the business), and there are famous japanese lolita idols (such as misako aoki) who have said that they love being able to communicate and share with lolitas all over, whether it be communities she met with in canada, in australia, or in hong kong — where she picks “kawaii ambassadors” to represent the lolita communities of those countries
lolita is a worldwide community that brings so so many people together and is a source of strength and happiness for them, many of which have been bullied or have never felt at ease until they discovered lolita. there are, of course, ways for a non-japanese person (i know you said white but cultural appropriation does not apply to only white people, a non-white person can appropriate another non-white culture as well) to appropriate the style if they’re seriously misconstructing it or fetishizing it or something, but that’s totally different than what a real lolita actually is. you should not and do not have to be japanese for you to look adorable and fashionable any more than you have to be japanese to wear fairy kei, cult party kei, kodona, etc — it’s something that, so long as you’re doing it right and respectfully — is happily and willingly shared globally amongst all kinds of people.
Upcoming Juliette et Justine release. Via weibo.
For Symphony orchestra night
Corset: Antique beasT
Fur collar: Moitie
Cameo: Paris antique flea market
Gloves: Jesus Diamante
Bracelet: off brand
Shoes: Juliette et Justine
*sits in a corner and cries about the Moitie fur and roses collar*
omg those shoes.
Michael Fassbender | 86th Annual Academy Awards (March 2, 2014)