31 March 2012

Deviant little Lolitas

by nuxi-chan — Manga & Anime / Traditional Media / Drawings

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris and 1958 in New York. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle-aged literature professor Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. His private nickname for Dolores is Lolita. […] After its publication, Lolita attained a classic status, becoming one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature. The name Lolita has entered pop culture. (More on wikipedia.)

Lolita + Art in the search bar at DeviantArt.com: more than 41 000 deviations are tagged with these words! Lolita and Art were the only two keywords. Not Anime, Manga, Gothic, Emo or Punk. Nor Sailor or Lace. Weird. These are a few of my favorite Lolitas.

 by BaBinA — Digital Art / Drawings / People

 by F-AYN-T — Manga & Anime / Traditional Media / Drawings

 by GigglesU2Death — Traditional Art / Drawings / People

 by MizusawaMisuzu — Manga & Anime / Digital Media / Paintings

 by Soundv1 — Manga & Anime / Digital Media / Vector

 by The-Einjeru — Traditional Art / Drawings / People

 by VisualPoetress — Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Dark

 by YavKementari — Digital Art / Drawings / People

 by Ysa — Manga & Anime / Traditional Media / Drawings

 by A-Random-Pause — Manga & Anime / Traditional Media / Drawings

 by DarkDevi — Digital Art / Drawings / Illustrations / Storybook

 by PerlaMarina — Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Emotional

by unforgivenmind — Photography / Still Life / Dolls and Figures

« Lolita fashion is a fashion subculture originating in Japan [hum…] that is based on Victorian-era clothing as well as costumes from the Rococo period, but the style has expanded greatly beyond these two.

The Lolita look began primarily as one of modesty with a focus on quality in both material and manufacture of garments. The original silhouette is of a knee length skirt or dress with a cupcake shape assisted by petticoats, but has expanded into various types of garments including corsets and floor lengths skirts. Blouses, knee high socks or stockings and headdresses are also worn.

In the context of fashion, the term Lolita does not exclusively relate to sex. […] The fashion is thought to have been partly created to react against the growing exposure of the body and skin in modern society.» (A lot more here on wikipedia.)

Now it's time for splitting hair 4 (etc.) ways. Fashion world seeks subcategorizations.

Gothic Lolita, sometimes shortened to GothLoli, is characterized by darker make-up and clothing. Sweet Lolita, also known as ama-loli in Japanese, consist of pastels, fruit themes, flowers lace, bows, animal themes and ribbons outfits. Classic Lolita is a more mature style of Lolita that focuses on Rococo, Regency, and Victorian styles. Princess Lolita is characterized by a princess-style look based upon the European aristocratic style. Shiro Lolita (White Lolita) is a Lolita outfit made entirely of white/cream/off-white co-ordinates, while its counterpart Kuro Lolita (Black Lolita) is an outfit made-up of entirely black co-ordinates. Ōji Lolita (Boystyle) is a Japanese fashion that is considered the male version of Lolita fashion. It does not follow the typical Lolita silhouette but instead takes its influence from the Victorian era of young boys. Guro Lolita is the portrayal of a broken doll by using fake blood, make-up, and bandages. Sailor Lolita incorporates the look of a sailor. This can include sailor collars and ties, sailor hats, and stripes.

Okay! Now I understand why I found so many stripy-manga-goth-punkette Lolitas at deviantArt!

F Yeah Lolita is a fascinating blog on the subject.

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