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GOTHIC AND LOLITA, edited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga, is a new photographic collection that celebrates the eclectic and bizarre street fashion of Japanese popular youth culture. A mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, the Gothic and Lolita scene is a bizarre hybrid, boasting thousands of devotees who dedicate their lives to crea GOTHIC AND LOLITA, edited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga, is a new photographic collection that celebrates the eclectic and bizarre street fashion of Japanese popular youth culture. A mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, the Gothic and Lolita scene is a bizarre hybrid, boasting thousands of devotees who dedicate their lives to creating ever more flamboyant and original variations of this fused style. The origin of this eccentric fashion movement traces back to Osaka in the mid-1990s when young teenagers adopted Gothic fashion in response to the clothes worn and promoted by Japanese Gothic rock bands. Influenced by Western fashion trends from the mid-1980s, young teenagers, predominately adolescent girls, began to dress in juxtapositions: corsets, spikes, lacy Victorian dresses, dark eye makeup, black spandex, frilly tutus, patterned knee-highs, ruffled bows, and wigs of all lengths and styles.Specially commissioned by Phaidon Press and based on the creative design of the bestselling Fruits and Fresh Fruits, Gothic And Lolita features portraits and group shots of Japanese Goths and Lolitas both at home and in the urban centers of Tokyo and Osaka. Presented in a simple format with a funky design, hundreds of teenagers posed for the camera in their imaginative and often surreal outfits and offered personal insights into the idea behind their personal fashion choices. The responses are sometimes surprising, sometimes shocking, often hilarious, and always compelling.


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GOTHIC AND LOLITA, edited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga, is a new photographic collection that celebrates the eclectic and bizarre street fashion of Japanese popular youth culture. A mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, the Gothic and Lolita scene is a bizarre hybrid, boasting thousands of devotees who dedicate their lives to crea GOTHIC AND LOLITA, edited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga, is a new photographic collection that celebrates the eclectic and bizarre street fashion of Japanese popular youth culture. A mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, the Gothic and Lolita scene is a bizarre hybrid, boasting thousands of devotees who dedicate their lives to creating ever more flamboyant and original variations of this fused style. The origin of this eccentric fashion movement traces back to Osaka in the mid-1990s when young teenagers adopted Gothic fashion in response to the clothes worn and promoted by Japanese Gothic rock bands. Influenced by Western fashion trends from the mid-1980s, young teenagers, predominately adolescent girls, began to dress in juxtapositions: corsets, spikes, lacy Victorian dresses, dark eye makeup, black spandex, frilly tutus, patterned knee-highs, ruffled bows, and wigs of all lengths and styles.Specially commissioned by Phaidon Press and based on the creative design of the bestselling Fruits and Fresh Fruits, Gothic And Lolita features portraits and group shots of Japanese Goths and Lolitas both at home and in the urban centers of Tokyo and Osaka. Presented in a simple format with a funky design, hundreds of teenagers posed for the camera in their imaginative and often surreal outfits and offered personal insights into the idea behind their personal fashion choices. The responses are sometimes surprising, sometimes shocking, often hilarious, and always compelling.

30 review for Gothic and Lolita

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♥Emm♥

    Interesting novel-sized gallery of street fashions with a lot of artistic dedication, especially as many of these have to be homemade (it's not like a lot of clothing stores specialize in daywear from two hundred years ago, nor do I imagine many cartoon-colourful cyberpunk costumes). I both like and dislike the fact that these are on-the-spot portraits, so while they have a bit more of an authenticity I suppose, they also don't seem very polished. Anyway, this is a pretty useful and neat book for Interesting novel-sized gallery of street fashions with a lot of artistic dedication, especially as many of these have to be homemade (it's not like a lot of clothing stores specialize in daywear from two hundred years ago, nor do I imagine many cartoon-colourful cyberpunk costumes). I both like and dislike the fact that these are on-the-spot portraits, so while they have a bit more of an authenticity I suppose, they also don't seem very polished. Anyway, this is a pretty useful and neat book for those who have an interest in design or like to draw unique costumes, or just to browse.

  2. 5 out of 5

    7jane

    Like the two "Fruits" books, this book has pictures of people wearing certain looks, this time focusing on the Goth/Visual Kei and Lolita variations. Unless you're interested in wearing either style (or both, who knows?) this book is more something only to look at. Also, there are some people featured here where you can only think: "wtf, what were they thinking when they chose to wear that?!" Something that wasn't the case with the "Fruits" books. So, this is mostly for those interested in the me Like the two "Fruits" books, this book has pictures of people wearing certain looks, this time focusing on the Goth/Visual Kei and Lolita variations. Unless you're interested in wearing either style (or both, who knows?) this book is more something only to look at. Also, there are some people featured here where you can only think: "wtf, what were they thinking when they chose to wear that?!" Something that wasn't the case with the "Fruits" books. So, this is mostly for those interested in the mentioned styles. The rest will do better checking the "Fruits" books, which offer tips even for those less daring - and are more worth owning, in my opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mimielle LaFauve

    A quick flip through shows almost all photos, and English text for the fashion credits. A keeper and great source material, hopefully with the dates easily searchable. Street snaps are one of my favorite parts of Japanese fashion magazines so this is like candy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    D

    You know how sometimes in the Gothic & Lolita Bible they indicate what the person's job is, aside from the brand of their clothes, and a lot of those people listed themselves as 'members of the society' (positive scripting for NEET, but I'm just a bitter old person grumping)? Those who are neither students nor part-time workers. I've often wondered how they could actually afford clothes that are easily 25,000 yen apiece. A lot of these people DO know how to sew, though, and it's definitely r You know how sometimes in the Gothic & Lolita Bible they indicate what the person's job is, aside from the brand of their clothes, and a lot of those people listed themselves as 'members of the society' (positive scripting for NEET, but I'm just a bitter old person grumping)? Those who are neither students nor part-time workers. I've often wondered how they could actually afford clothes that are easily 25,000 yen apiece. A lot of these people DO know how to sew, though, and it's definitely refreshing to see hand-made dresses and accessories. But anyway, it's a lifestyle and Masayuki Yoshinaga gives us a frank and unedited look at the people from this subculture. (I do wonder about the people who list 'drinking blood' as their current obsessions, though. Drinking blood is not good for your health, guys. And also one Goth-Loli girl who loves cutting herself. Her fresh scars are clearly visible in her photograph, so if that sort of things trigger you, you might want to give this a miss.) Also really interesting to see photos from the subject's rooms. I really loved those!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura Morrigan

    One of my favourite aspects of Japanese culture is the really strong style aesthetics among the younger generations. This book and Fruits and Fresh Fruits gave me hours on enjoyment and inspiration. I wish more people had the courage to dress however they feel and express themselves through clothing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Skulls Proserpina

    Beautiful book, but mostly gothic fashion. Personally I would have liked more lolita.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    The Lolita twins were my absolute favorite. How is it that they all can afford Vivienne Westwood shoes and accessories?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Bryan Wang 白静莲

    I may have loved this book so much that I viciously begged my sister to give me her copy (the last in stock in our local bookstore). I bartered, I played the victim, I fought... She wouldn't budge on it. And then we luckily found another copy... That's how much we both loved this tabletop book. My only slight 'complaint' is that I would have preferred if there was more of a balance between the amount of Gothic and Lolita fashion shown.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Great images, totally inspires me to dust of my sewing machine!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I first came across this book in a bookstore / coffeeshop in Mexico City and knew I had to have it. Unfortunately I couldn't buy it at that time and only acquired it later, when I was back in the states. I was not dissapointed! The pictures are gorgeous and highlight the creativity and individual expressiveness of these Japanese youth subcultures: Lolitas, who dress like pre-pubescent girls from Victorian England; Traditional Goths, who favor black, corsets, tattoos, and piercings; Cybergoths, who I first came across this book in a bookstore / coffeeshop in Mexico City and knew I had to have it. Unfortunately I couldn't buy it at that time and only acquired it later, when I was back in the states. I was not dissapointed! The pictures are gorgeous and highlight the creativity and individual expressiveness of these Japanese youth subcultures: Lolitas, who dress like pre-pubescent girls from Victorian England; Traditional Goths, who favor black, corsets, tattoos, and piercings; Cybergoths, who dress in spandex, platform boots, plastic jewelry, and bright colors; ... and lastly, a cartoonish type of traditional Japanese dress in bright colors and exagerraed shapes that make the wearers look like anime characters. The photos center the wearer in the center so the reader can see all details of their clothing, in a setting the wearer might frequent. Now, as a reader I would have liked longer essays dealing with each person and subgroup -- for example, why do so many of the Lolitas favor small crowns and playing card imagery. As another reviewer pointed out, the small blurbs that are there are hard to read and might as well have been left out for all the info they give. After all, who cares where the wearer bought her clothes? As a photo essay book though this works very well, and I am going to call it essential for anyone with an interest in contemporary Japan.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Pietro

    Gothic and Lolita take you deep in the underground world of Japan. The crazy kids everyone can't seem to understand. Each page bring you deeper in to this strange world. Its understood and most everyone dresses with no fear. Each page screams creativity. The close were amazing and the styles were never to be forgotten. Each page was a different person either Gothic or Lolita. The lolita were my fave. The girls looking like china dolls were to cute. The gothic group was dark and scary and hard to Gothic and Lolita take you deep in the underground world of Japan. The crazy kids everyone can't seem to understand. Each page bring you deeper in to this strange world. Its understood and most everyone dresses with no fear. Each page screams creativity. The close were amazing and the styles were never to be forgotten. Each page was a different person either Gothic or Lolita. The lolita were my fave. The girls looking like china dolls were to cute. The gothic group was dark and scary and hard to love like the lolita's. After each picture on the botton they would write a blurb about what clothing lines they were wearing and something personal about each person. However they used red and green for the words and most of the time it was very hard to read the discriptions. The good part...I really enjoyed knowing where I could find these great fashions myself. However most were handmade but really give me good ideas for not only holloween but every day use too. All in all this book is great for fashion lover and anyone with a sence of imagination. Dont be fooled by this book. Its amazing and worth every second. :-)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Violet Etoile

    I turned to this book both out of sheer interest in the fashion as well as a source for my Master's dissertation. While it served a perfunctory function as the latter (explaining the beginnings of the Gothic Lolita movement concisely in the preface) I couldn't have been more pleased with this book as a source for fashion. This collection is one of the biggest pieces of eye candy available for those interested in Japan's Gothic Lolitas, and it provides endless inspiration for up-and-coming Lolita I turned to this book both out of sheer interest in the fashion as well as a source for my Master's dissertation. While it served a perfunctory function as the latter (explaining the beginnings of the Gothic Lolita movement concisely in the preface) I couldn't have been more pleased with this book as a source for fashion. This collection is one of the biggest pieces of eye candy available for those interested in Japan's Gothic Lolitas, and it provides endless inspiration for up-and-coming Lolitas all over the world. While it would have been nice if the Lolis' quotes had all been readable (some are difficult to see due to the dark backgrounds in some of the photos) this book is really all about the fashion, and the pictures speak volumes all by themselves. This is a splendid addition for anyone interested in fashion, Japanese culture, and creative sulcultures.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    There's a clothing style that is pretty much all Japanese, and that is the Gothic & Lolita clothing. Lolita clothing is that which the women wear which makes them look like little children, albeit a lot fancier. Gothic is a style which, of course, is based on the goth style of clothing. This book is filled with pictures of young Japanese dressed in both styles, walking around in some of the most outrageous, yet interesting, clothing possible. The movie Kamikaze Girls (American title; Japanese There's a clothing style that is pretty much all Japanese, and that is the Gothic & Lolita clothing. Lolita clothing is that which the women wear which makes them look like little children, albeit a lot fancier. Gothic is a style which, of course, is based on the goth style of clothing. This book is filled with pictures of young Japanese dressed in both styles, walking around in some of the most outrageous, yet interesting, clothing possible. The movie Kamikaze Girls (American title; Japanese title is Shimotsuma Monogatari, which translates roughly as the Story of Shimotsuma) shows a girl who is a follower of the Lolita fashion. A lot of the clothes are, in my opinion, really beautiful.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matimate

    I learn from that book that my clothes are too plain and too simple. I have a new vision of the future without any specters of the past...I want dresses like those which are featured in this book... Seriously fashion can have many faces and this books exploits Lolitas fashion with various photos of the devotees of that style, they are picked according to the various Rori styles. Highly recommended for broaden your fashion taste.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Not only was this entire book based on a rather pointless, silly and at times disturbing fashion trend, but the book itself is filled with repetitive photos, printed in dull colors, obviously shot digitally as some of them have pixels when closely looked at, and these take up more space than the text which feebly tries to explain the non-existent purposes of this fad, to no avail.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mips

    "Wat koopt jouw puber-dochter zo al op de boekenbeurs?" (2) :) Toch maar even doorgenomen... Euh...een 'gewaarschuwde' moeder is er (hopelijk) 2 waard :) Geef mij toch maar 'gothics'; met een voorkeur voor de outfits van Rika, Kei, V.Prince, Rosa Yura, Sachi, J'zk, Akane, Harold&Eco en ***** voor Har!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seul

    Excellent pictures but the graphic design was truly horrible. Someone chose the wrong colors for the fonts. I like the models are they were average person and not the picture perfect people you see in fashion magazines.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    while I'm not too fond of the lolita part of the book (old school lolita styles don't always hold up to the test of time), but the gothic part is absolutely wonderful. I think it's a very nice alt fashion reference book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Avey

    insightful and informative. a collection of photographs to give you a glimpse into the minds of Japanese teens on the streets and in their homes. also, a great source of inspiration. Masayuki Yoshinaga's work wonderful as always!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rukmini

    Depressing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Govaerts

    Wat een stijl! Vreemde kerels en madammekes. Maar ze mogen trots zijn dat ze 'zo' over straat durven. Dikke chapeau manne!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darklysewn

    another birthday present. lots of great street fashion from Japan. even sneek peeks into bedrooms and seeing how kids decorate thier teeny tiny little rooms. a definite inspiration!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Liver

    My world has changed after looking at this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stef

    must read after my convo with ellen!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    looked at for fun

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Fantastic book...but not as good as Fruits and More Fruits.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Supermomochan (PeachyFishyBooks)

    My favorite! The style has changed a lot, but I still like this collection

  28. 5 out of 5

    Keri (JD)

    This book is full of fun pictures that make me jealous of their costumes and feel fat :-p

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Pridgen

    This gave me a good feel for Japanese street fashion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    i wishwishWISH i owned this book --sighs-- anybody out there willing to let me borrow this?

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