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Gothic and Lolita Paperback – May 1, 2007
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it is less "gothic lolita" and more "club goth" styles, with a large percentage of rather lackluster gothic ensembles: mostly just a black skirt, black shirt and over the top (frequently smeared) make-up without the individual flair and creativity i was hoping to see. there are also many photos of girls wearing what appears to be nothing more than their underwear, which might appeal to some, but i feel is out of place when paired with Gothic Lolita, which values modesty, and it takes the book in a more voyeristic direction. a lot of the photos seem very random, like they just grabbed the next kid who walked in the club, regardless if he/she was dressed in a unique style or not.
there were a few notable exceptions: there is a stunning 2-page photo of a girl wearing a sweet lolita alice dress in her room, with striped stockings, and a pair of girls wearing handmade outfits and crinoline cage skirts (amazing! why wasn't there more like this?) . but for the lolita component it's mostly just a few Baby the Stars Shine Bright and Metamorphose dresses worn by the book.
there was also not very much representation of the various sub-genres of the Lolita style (of which there are MANY) which is what disappointed me the most.
i would recommend purchasing instead of this book: the japanese fashion magazine Kera, or one of the Gothic Lolita Bibles, which are published several times a year.
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I give the Harajuku girls a lot of credit for their creativity. Most of them made their own clothes, and customized them in very imaginative ways. The whole Harajuku scene was definitely not the same thing as the "club kids" scene in NY (popularized by that McCauleigh Kaulkin movie), because Harajuku girls were not (as far as I could tell) about irresponsible hedonism or being at the center of attention. I think they really were about being creative and expressive, and having fun with fashion. The girls who took it seriously had a friendly competition about it, and I think they did have a lot of fun, but being a bohemian (probably the best characterization of this crowd) is harder in Japan than in the West- there are more social pressures and expectations, especially on women, than in the West... so if you think these clothes are a bold statement, it is actually twice as bold (a random figure that feels about right) for being in Japan.
*sigh* I can't believe I'm writing so much about a topic that I have only a passing familiarity with, but another big fashion in Japan in the late 90's/ early 2000's was the Yamanba or Ganguro fashion, which was all over Tokyo back then, and characterized by bleached hair, excessive tanning, excessive eye makeup, and outrageously tall platform shoes.Read more ›
Gothic & Lolita is a prime example of never judging a book by its cover. The term "Gothic Lolita" refers to a distinct category of fashion, along with its subgenres and social culture. The title and cover image (of two Sweet Lolitas) imply that the book focuses on Gothic Lolita and its complementary styles. But the "&" proves to be crucial: the introduction differentiates Lolita from Goth, and the portraits include a number of Punk, Cyber, and Club Goth looks with no Lolita elements whatsoever.
At least half of the photos have little to do with Gothic Lolita; in other words, we're got a lot of pancake-powdered extras from Dawn of the Dead. All this is fine - but if someone picks up the book looking for an overview of Gothic Lolita fashion, then she will be disappointed, or even worse, utterly misled.
Phaidon's lookbook DOES contain unequivocally Goth Loli outfits, such as dresses and coats from Baby, Metamorphose, and Black Peace Now. But the wide and exhilarating spectrum of Lolita subgenres is under-represented (see next post). And the outfits portrayed are rather bland.
When I read Fruits, my eyes were popping out as I turned each page.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
tons of unique pics and costumes! i bought this as a resource for drawing!Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, fun pics and there is even details on the peoples cloths and what brands they are wearing.Published 10 months ago by Alex H
If you're looking for fashion that consistently blows your mind, this is not the book for you! Basically, someone/multiple people walked around with a camera and took pictures of... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Central
Wanted a book to show some highly creative ideas for Lolita styling. Fashions pictured very well and it was interesting to learn little tidbits about the models.Published on March 1, 2013 by Lynn
it is pretty good, i have lots of those Tokyo fashion picture books. fruits is better, i think. this book is good also, but the only thing is that there are too many pictures of... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by studioyoshida
Although it does not consist primarily of Gothic lolita (such as the cover which has ame lolita and shiro lolita) it is just as worth the money. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Mom of eight
This book is so out there. Just like the magazines it has great style tips types and pics just can't put it down I love it wish there was more what more can i say if you are into... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by SirGreg
I checked this book out from the library, and was not as impressed. The picture on the cover was what drawn me in thinking that it was mostly lolita fashion, but sadly only about... Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by aly jenkins
This book is great if you are into Japanese street fashion or curious about it (mostly Gothic Lolitas). Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Emmanuelle