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UploadedApril 15, 2013
TakenApril 13, 2013
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Gothic Lolita

Gothic lolita, sometimes shortened to GothLoli (ゴスロリ gosu rori?), is a combination of the Gothic and Lolita fashion.[citation needed] The fashion originated in the late 1990s in Harajuku.[7]

Gothic Lolita fashion is characterized by darker make-up and clothing.[8] Red lipstick and smokey or neatly defined eyes, created using black eyeliner, are typical styles, although as with all Lolita sub-styles the look remains fairly natural.[9] Though Gothic make-up is associated with a white powdered face, this is usually considered bad taste within the Lolita fashion.[10] Some Lolita uses dark color schemes including black, dark blues and purples, although black and white remains popular.[citation needed] As with some Western Gothic styles, cross jewelry, religious symbols, bags and purses in shapes like bats, coffins, and crucifixes are also used to accessorize the Gothic Lolita look.[11]

Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) and Elegant Gothic Aristocrat (EGA) are substyles of gothic lolita (and of aristocrat fashion) created by the visual kei rock musician Mana with his fashion label Moi-même-Moitié.[12]

Japanese brands which exemplify the darker lolita style include Atelier-Pierrot, Atelier Boz, Black Peace Now, h. NAOTO Blood and Moi-même-Moitié.

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14 responses

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (15 Apr 2013):


  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (15 Apr 2013):

    Fascinating subculture and beautiful image!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (15 Apr 2013):

    Gothic Lolita = Wicked cool

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (15 Apr 2013):

    beautiful portrait and description!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (15 Apr 2013):

    So well documented! This look like something that would be very fashionable in London.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (16 Apr 2013):

    She is very elegant.....not like a lot of the Goth we see. Nice capture!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (16 Apr 2013):

    I am astonished that the Wikipedia entry does not mention Vladamir Nabokov's famous novel, "Lolita," which he wrote in the late 50s, and which created such a scandal that the Soviets came close to banning its publication. Virtually every latter-day reference to any "Lolita" of any kind is a bow to the leading character in that novel, a young teenage girl who dresses and acts the part. All of that being said, this is a spot-on, perfect capture of "Lolita"!

  • S T

    S T (Deleted) said (16 Apr 2013):

    This is wonderful!

    In response to Richard, there are actually zero connections between the novel Lolita and the street fashion lolita. They just happen to share a name.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (17 Apr 2013):

    ST, how can you be sure? The arts always reflect earlier influences. Today, the name Lolita is indelibly associated with Nabokov's masterpiece. As the name identifying this particular fashion, I don't think it is coincidental that the model in the forefront of this photo matches the description in Nabokov's novel (albeit the "Lolita" in the picture is older).

    Still think it's a concidence? Google "Sue Lyon," the 16-year-old actress who played the title role in the film. Click on "images." There, you will find a gallery of smoldering shots (for the early 60s, and limited by the fact that she was still a minor) that suggest the fashion trend that came 30 years later. The film's director was hailed for discovering this new actress, as she was the embodiment of what Nabokov had in mind.

    Well, I guess that's why we like art. It is all in the eye of the beholder.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (17 Apr 2013):

    love this shot!

  • Daniel Forero

    Daniel Forero   said (25 Apr 2013):

    Very Southern to me !

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (29 May 2013):


  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (30 May 2013):

    Fashion is so complicated.

  • Michael Billert

    Michael Billert gave props (24 Nov 2013):

    Very nice....mjb

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