Eternal Maidens and The Power of Cute Fashion: From Conversations with Japanese Lolitas | An Nguyen
Thursday Feb 25 05:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion will include a section focused on the Lolita fashion. Lolita is the term used to describe a street fashion and subculture in Japan inspired by Victorian and Rococo esthetics. The look began as one of modesty, by dressing as a delicate doll, adorned with frills, lace, intricately patterned fabrics, and finished with giant bows pinned to their long hair or wig. Several styles and themes emerged, affecting not only dress, but mannerisms as well. Genres include the Sweet Lolita, Classic, Gothic Lolita as well as Steampunk Lolita conceptualizing genres of fantasy, accessorized with fanciful embellishments.
In 2013, An Nguyen completed her dissertation on, Maiden’s Fashion as Eternal Becomings: Victorian Maidens and Sugar Sweet Cuties Donning Japanese Street Fashion in Japan and North American, from the University of Western Ontario. Nguyen spent 6 years researching the fashion and interviewing wearers of the Japanese Lolita styles across Japan and North America as well as the designers of this genre. Her presentation will focus on the people who wear Lolita with stories and profiles that shed light on why they choose to wear this fashion style through an exploration of philosophy, aesthetics, and social networks.