BONNETS AND BOWS: A Guide to the Lolita PhenomenonWhat is lolita?BONNETS AND BOWS: A Guide to the Lolita Phenomenon3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Lolita is a street fashion subculture that began in Japan back in the 1980s, typified by frilly, crinoline-shaped dresses and a doll-like image.
In its early days, it was a vintage fashion trend in the Harajuku area of Tokyo, but like many fads, it died out (though it did inspire later styles like mori girl and dolly kei). Then, in the 90s, when Western gothic was making its mark on the Japanese underground scene, the seeds of the more familiar version of lolita were sown. Visual kei and rock bands as well as their fans were inspired by this new import, and that inspiration began to show in not just the music, but the fashions that accompanied the genre. This was the time when lolita not only got its name, but earned its status as a subculture rather than a mere trend.
Lolita owes its appearnce to the glamour and decadence of the Rococo era (with Marie Antoinette being something of a loli icon) and to the elegance and sophistication of Victorian dress and se