- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714847852
- ISBN-13: 978-0714847856
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gothic and Lolita Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Yoshinaga is one of the leading fashion and reportage photographers of his generation, whose images appear in such prestigious magazines as Studio Voice, Dazed & Confused. He lives in, and continues to investigate, the subcultures of Tokyo.
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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.
KERA Maniacs Special Mook: Gothic and Lolita Bible (KERA Maniacs Nuuberuguu Mook) (in Japanese)]
[[ASIN:4860480392 Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol. 4 (Gothic & Lolita Bible) (in Japanese)
i hope this does foretell the end of this series of books; because the Fruits books were so well executed, and this one was such a let down.
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. Yamanba link
I don't think most Yamanba really knew what sort of statement they were trying to make, and did not have the sense of artistic dedication that the smaller, tighter-knit Harajukus had. One thing the Yamanbas did have going for them, though: their undisputed leader was singer/actress Ayumi Hamasaki. If you want a Japanese techno record that will absolutely blow your mind, check out her CD "Ay-EuroBeat".