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Inspiration for today, Thierry Mugler fall 2009 collection.  My post about Lolita Ouji inspired me to find some images of what would be considered a ‘dandy’ fashion Enjoy the photos below!

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I ish sick, blick! But in the middle of everything, and before I loose all brain power dew to my pounding headache, I shall post my latest inspiration.

Continuing on the wave of Victorian, I’d like to introduce Lolita fashion.  Most western audiences may be turned off by the name Lolita, images of the novel ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov coming to mind.  But in a fashion context, is it accpeted that the term dose not relate to the under aged girl in the novel, or movies.

Lolita fashion found it’s popularity in the 1980’s.  Unlike other japanese street fashions, the term Lolita is used to refer to a very specific style of clothing.  Victorian or Rococo in nature, Lolita fashion attempts to look elegant and cute by using clothing of a childlike nature.  The term Lolita is also to some a life style.  No, not the falling in love with much older men (which has nothing to do with fashion) but a life style in where one tries to surround themselves with beautiful things, engaging in lady like activities such as baking and embroidery.

So you want to dress in Lolita style, first is to pick what style suits you best.  Although there are many different sub-genres, we will focus on just a few. First, my alter ego, Gothic Lolita.

Gothic Lolita, or GothicLoli.

Far from what some envision as gothic (your local high schooler in chains and black lips stick who seems to generally hate the world) Gothic Lolita is far from it, clade in sweet black numbers that take inspiration from Victorian clothing; lace, button up boots, and sweet makeup. Looking for inspiration for your GothicLoli clothing, fly over to Tokyo, and visit Harajuku on the weekend.  (I was very sad during my stay in Japan that I ran out of time, and thus was not able to see Harajuku.) There is a purple and black lace/tool skirt in my dresser that keeps calling me to go back.  Ahh, if only I lived in a Japan.  My alter ego would take over and we’d go dancing around Harajuku in the best black lace dress and big parasol I could find.  But, maybe Gothic Lolita is not your thing, want something more, well….less black?

Sweet Lolita

Find your inner princess, as we dance through fields of rainbows, pink buttons and long blond hair.  Meet Sweet Lolita, one of the more outgoing styles in Lolita fashion.  Pastel colors fill the wardrobe of a Sweet Lolita style.  The use of toys is also common, such as cakes, candies and hearts.  Probably the closest to a childlike image out of all the different Lolita styles.  So, have visions of sipping tea in the backyard with your own host of cute little side kicks, or want to find your inner little girl who sleeps in her pink shoes, then you my friend have found your life long match.

But…….maybe your having seconds thoughts.  Your inner child is suddenly reminded of the numerous things she wasn’t tall enough to do, or the scolding she got when she decided to paint on the wall. No worries.

Konda, or Ouji (spell check is not liking my japanese words) Ouji (meaning prince) gathers reference from the clothing of little boys during the Victorian period; still sticking with the childlike image.  This style can be lade back or very over the top.  Ouji, unlike Sweet Lolita, is both a male and female style, although men normally reefer to themselves as ‘Dandy’s’.

Very common are the ‘prince pants’ or knee breeches, along with
hats, canes, vest, capes, ties, and cravats.  Although Ouji (Konda is the western name) can be a category all on it’s own, it still holds place in the theme of Lolita.  Wanting to be grown up and young at the same time, or wanting to be manly and still ware lace, then let Ouji Lolita be your new best friend.

Still haven’t found one that tickles your taste buds, try checking out Punk, Sailor, Wa, or Shiro Lolita.  No matter your taste, Lolita fashion is sure to inspire something that lives inside your creative mind.

Looking for a history lesson info on Lolita fashion, check out.

#Historical fact: Although the term “Lolita” Is used in western culture to refer to an underage girl with….certain desires, the word comes from the spanish name Lola, which means sorrow.

Moving forward a few thousand years from our last post, and speed up to 1899 New York City, where you will find the famed Newsies strike.  Newsies from all over New York, (Never fear Brooklyn is here!) banned together agents Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of  the ‘Word’ and William Randolph Hearst publisher of  the ‘Journal’.  The strike lasted two weeks and was demonstrated across the Brooklyn bridge, putting traffic at a stand still.  The strike was filled with street children, ranging in diverse ages such as six to sixteen.  The cause of the strike, the raised price of Newspapers, or ‘paps’.  Although neither Joseph Pulitzer or William Randolph Hearst lowered there ‘paps’ prices, they did agree to buy all un-sold ‘pap’s back.  Which if I pretend I’m really good at math is….figure newspapers coast 60 cents, and you buy two bundles of ten, and sell them for 30 cents, and only sell half thats…….*deep in thought* a loss of 90 cents? What dose all of this mean…….*drum roll* Wonderful late 1800’s hundreds clothing. Rolled up sleeves, open button down shirts, news boy caps, *starts to drool.  History majors eat your heart out.

Clothing for the common man.  Image if you will, a world where all men dress in taylor suits, tall stove top hats and tailored suit jackets……..know come back to reality.  Clothing for the common man was made to be worn, not to be looked at.  Clothing needed to be functional.  Considering you make a loss of 90 cents each day, you don’t have money to spend on smoking jackets, you need money for, oh I don’t know… (Personally if I was starving, I’d buy a vintage smoking jacket instead of buying food. I’d starve, but I’d look killer.) Clothing was basic, you weren’t color blocking, you were waring the same shirt you’d had for years.  In large family’s clothing was passed down, a vest that your older brother grew out of would be passed to you.  Regardless of the fact that the arm holes went down to your knees (Better then going around in your birthday suit) Your clothing was something to keep the sun off your back.  The upper class and adults dressed to impress.  Take the image above, even though as costumes they give personalty to each character, the working man still rings true.  The pants that are too short, the vest that are a little big, the hats to cover up greasy hair, it all says the same. (Image from the Disney movie “Newsies)

With all this lovely manliness around, I was inspired to draw.  And believe me when I say I spent hours trying to get the neck line right.  The collar of a man’s shirt changes everything, make the top portion of the collar too big and you look like Elvis, fold your corners over to far and you look like a latin disco dancer.  In the end Spot Colon (Leader of the Brooklyn Newsies in the Disney movie) was given due justice, red suspenders and all. #History Fact: True to life Spot Colons was famed for warring bright suspenders only difference is the color.  In real life they were pink, movie versions are red.

So as I enjoy doing research on Newsies I’ll leave you with a movie recommendation if your looking for rolled up sleeves to drool over.

Warning: Do be ready to feel like a creeper, unless your younger then seventeen.  Most, if not all of the newsies actors are well under eighteen.  But a little creepiness isn’t toooo bad 🙂

Enjoy the picture at the top of the post, check out Lewis Hine, a renowned photographer of every day life in New York City.

Looking for a history lesson on Newsies, check out

Check out my drawing in the ‘Drawing’ category at the bottom of the page:)