I just spent two days with my good friend Whitney. Whitney is a Lolita.
Lolita: a Japanese founded lifestyle and fashion subculture based on the Victorian and Rococo era ways of life.
As a Lolita one is expected to be a self-assured young lady who presents herself with dignity and grace and as such encourages those around her to do the same.
"I have chosen to be a Lolita because of my unwavering connection to the old ways of behavior, lifestyle and dress. I was originally part of a very similar style called Aristocratic, or more commonly known, Neo-Victorian, steam punk style that was far more dark than Lolita." Whitney went on to explain her shift from the one style to her current. "Lolita, I discovered had the same elements, but rather than dwelling in the darkness of maturity that Aristocratic style held, Lolita made life like candy."
"Being a Lolita has taught me to hold myself high as a woman. To not take life too seriously, but to celebrate it with beauty."
So to celebrate we had a photo shoot with some of the branches of the Lolita style!
Aristocratic Lolita: mature lady's style of the 1800's, Industrial Revolution
Sweet Lolita: most popular in Japan, bubblegum, girlie
Country Lolita: Dorthy & Anne inspired, braids, gingham
Shiro Lolita: "shiro" is Japanese for "white", angelic, pure
Gothic Lolita: more common in the west, dark, black & white, some red
Classic Lolita: floral & tea cup patterns
And then we had tea!
Special thanks to Lilly and August, Whitney's dolls who joined in on the fun :)