I’ve been enamored with lolita fashion ever since my earlier years of high school. Back then white lace on black and black lace on white wasn’t a horrible crime and there were barely any prints and patterns. To be honest, I’m still not a huge fan of prints. Some of them just seem excessive.
(And they’re all names, too. I’m not sure what this one is called)
I don’t really remember what started my obsession but I remember what I fell in love with. It was the doll like quality that came with dressing up in these Victorian and Edwardian era inspired dresses. I was never much for sweet lolita though. For me, it was gothic lolita and and punk lolita. and recently, guro lolita.
Lolita was what inspired me to start designing. While making costumes is definitely not something I want to make a career out of, it is something I love doing. In fact I’ve already designed Sherlock inspired lolita and Hannibal inspired lolita. The next thing niggling at the back of my mind is Merlin inspired lolita. I don’t have a clear sense of where that’s going yet, though.
There’s something so delicate about lolita fashion. Maybe it’s all the frills and bows. Maybe its just the general aura that surrounds it. That’s perhaps one of the reasons I’m not a fan of the latest OTT craze.
It’s just so much on top of each other and it takes away that regal air. Lolita is sophisticated, refine, classy, an echo of history, of times where chivalry had its place, conflicts were resolved by sword duels, and feasts were absolutely magical. Or maybe that’s just me projecting. Either way, that’s what lolita represents to me.
However, all being said and done, I will admit that I am partial to the Chocolate Chess print. I think I like the militaristic design.