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GOTHLOLI OF THE WEEK #72: CASSANDRA.

Chicago Lolita, red hair, big bow, Gothic subculture style, alternative clothing USA clothes.

† Name: Cassandra
† Age: 20
† Location:
Chicago, IL, USA
† How were you introduced to Gothic Lolita fashion?
I have been part of the Gothic Subculture for a very long time and I randomly came across Japanese Goth fashion while looking online in about 2004. The more I saw images from other sources such as Gothic & Lolita Bible and the Fruits and Fresh Fruits books the more I wanted to have those clothes. For some reason at the time I didn’t think that I could actually own those clothes since the magazines and clothing websites were in Japanese. I wanted to take inspiration from the Japanese Gothic Fashion/ Lolita Fashion to enhance my gothic aesthetic. I did more research and talked to people that were part of the fashion subculture. Then I learned about EGL community on livejournal as well as the Lolita Handbook. I went from my poorly done interpretation of the fashion to a well dressed Lolita. I have been dressing Lolita and seriously into it since 2007. My interests have expanded to not only Gothic Lolita but all styles of Lolita including Sweet and Classic.
† What do you find appealing about GL style and culture?
It’s cute.
† What are your favorite GL clothing brands?
Meta, Baby, Angelic Pretty, Innocent World, and Moitie.
† Any other comments (inspiration, tips, favorites)?
Always do research! Read Wikipedia for fun! Always try to improve your understanding of what you are into. This seems like common sense but it’s not. A lot of people, including myself when I started getting into Lolita, think they have an understanding of the style and culture by looking at photos but there is so much more to it that I would have never known about if I didn’t do more research.

I also want to mention that Lolita is not cosplay, it’s a fashion if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it to the grocery store then you probably shouldn’t be wearing it, and that goes with almost any fashion. However with that said there is an appropriate time and place to wear different styles.

Film of the Week #20: Ed Wood (Johnny Depp, dir. Tim Burton. Ed’s crew of spooks reminds me of my Tokyo J-Goths!)

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  1. Posted May 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    i have to agree that lolita is NOT cosplay, however i completely understand if people cannot wear it everyday like i do, mainly because what i do for a living doesn't restrict my creativity in anyway. I am actually working on adding a more casual lolita style to my clothing line for this reason. ^_^ (strawberry rain ~ currently only sold in twy lite in kengsington market, online and more stores r coming)

  2. Posted May 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    i have to agree that lolita is NOT cosplay, however i completely understand if people cannot wear it everyday like i do, mainly because what i do for a living doesn’t restrict my creativity in anyway. I am actually working on adding a more casual lolita style to my clothing line for this reason. ^_^ (strawberry rain ~ currently only sold in twy lite in kengsington market, online and more stores r coming)

  3. Posted May 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    i love when she said “I also want to mention that Lolita is not cosplay, it's a fashion if you don't feel comfortable wearing it to the grocery store then you probably shouldn't be wearing it, and that goes with almost any fashion. However with that said there is an appropriate time and place to wear different styles,” because i feel the same way. a lot of girls i know say that lolita is cosplaying. nope its its own fashion.

    btw really cute girl!

  4. Posted May 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    She has so many great outfits, it's hard to choose just three!

  5. Posted May 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    i love when she said “I also want to mention that Lolita is not cosplay, it’s a fashion if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it to the grocery store then you probably shouldn’t be wearing it, and that goes with almost any fashion. However with that said there is an appropriate time and place to wear different styles,” because i feel the same way. a lot of girls i know say that lolita is cosplaying. nope its its own fashion.

    btw really cute girl!

    • Posted May 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

      She has so many great outfits, it’s hard to choose just three!

  6. Posted May 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    i have to agree that lolita is NOT cosplay, however i completely understand if people cannot wear it everyday like i do, mainly because what i do for a living doesn't restrict my creativity in anyway. I am actually working on adding a more casual lolita style to my clothing line for this reason. ^_^ (strawberry rain ~ currently only sold in twy lite in kengsington market, online and more stores r coming)

  7. Posted May 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    i love when she said “I also want to mention that Lolita is not cosplay, it's a fashion if you don't feel comfortable wearing it to the grocery store then you probably shouldn't be wearing it, and that goes with almost any fashion. However with that said there is an appropriate time and place to wear different styles,” because i feel the same way. a lot of girls i know say that lolita is cosplaying. nope its its own fashion.

    btw really cute girl!

  8. Posted May 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    She has so many great outfits, it's hard to choose just three!

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