I've been doing a lot of interesting reading into the Gothic & Lolita fashion and lifestyle. I adore fashion. This is another very beautiful and exciting fashion avenue. I have created a new book about Gothic and Lolita. It has lots of photos of me in my blue Lolita outfit plus photos of me in my two pink Angelic Pretty dresses. Not to mention that it includes so much more about the fashions, the lifestyle and how it began.
Major brands, such as Metamorphose temps de fille, Angelic Pretty, hNaoto, Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and Moi-même-Moitié have recently shipped goods to the international market. This is still not widespread, as many of the clothes produced by non-Japanese designers are not accepted by the Lolita community for being inaccurate in portraying the style as related to the British 'goth' or French maid look, and not as high-quality as the expensive Japanese brand clothes. Lolita magazines are widely available for purchase on the internet and at Japanese bookstores, which also deal in anime and manga. However, there is a growing group of dedicated western Lolita fans who wear Lolita clothing on a semi-regular basis, and the Gothic and Lolita Bible now has an American version which not only features translated content from the original magazine but also content from a small but growing group of western Lolita designers from around the world such as Candy Violet, In the Starlight, Blasphemina's Closet, and Sweet Rococo. Celebrity author Novala Takemoto, who is an important figure within Lolita culture and was once involved with Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, traveled to America in 2006 and remarked at a panel on the resourcefulness of western Lolitas, who often make or adapt their own clothing.
Andrea Nicole Baker