Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Beginning

As all things often being, it seems that a laying out of purpose and philosophy is the most appropriate way to begin this blog. With regards to purpose, this blog will predominantly discuss the lolita fashion and aesthetic. As nearly all of my lolita wardrobe is handmade, I can predict that in addition to usual outfit snaps, there will be sewing posts, and often tutorials as well. It will sometimes be regionally specific, sometimes global, sometimes personal. In short, this blog will be a reflection of my life as a lolita.

For those of you, dear readers, who are unaware of the lolita fashion, a brief history. Lolita is an abbreviation, a shortening of EGL, or Elegant Gothic Lolita. A street fashion, originally from Japan, but quickly spreading across the globe. For further reading, I direct you to lolitafashion.org.

Regarding philosophy, this may be best handled as something of my own lolita manifesto. My opinion of what lolita is and isn't, who can be a lolita.

Lolita is a form of expression. Yes, it is a fashion, and for some the love of lolita stops there, it is just one of many fashions they will wear throughout their lifetime. For others, it is more - it is a way of standing on our own, apart from societies expectations. It is liberation, an act of peaceful, artful, delicate rebellion.

Lolita is an act of feminism. To dress entirely for one's self, to dress to feel beautiful, is a right of any person. When one simply wears lolita, they conform to societies view of them. When one is a lolita, they dress for themselves, the lolita fashion is the gateway to a larger self liberation. By adopting ruffles and bows, instead of t-shirts and jeans, a lolita says to the world that they love themselves as they are (or at least are working on loving themselves).

Lolita is not sexual. The purpose of lolita is to please one's self, therefore, lolita is not intended for others. Yes, many lolitas have sex. We are not a celibate society, we are human, but lolita is not synonymous with sex.

Lolita is not hateful. Lolitas come in all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds, but ultimately we are all similar. We are a few out of many, but with an incredible power to do good in the world, by simply being polite. (Try it some day, you, dear reader, will find that the world becomes a much more pleasant place when you are polite to others).

Lolita is open to all ages, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. Anyone who wants to be a lolita can become a lolita.

I wear lolita to be myself. It allows me to do things I can not in "normal" clothes. It makes me feel beautiful. It makes me feel brave. It brings me back to the simple things in life, taking one small pleasure at a time; a sip of tea, the cool breeze, my friends.

I will expand on why I wear lolita at some other time, but for now, I encourage you, dear readers, to define lolita for yourselves. What is it to you? What is it not?