Lecture

Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?

Japan's playful and avant-garde take on Victorian-era clothing, known as Lolita, has created a vibrant fashion subculture that started on the streets of Harajuku and has spread overseas. Gwynn Galitzer, performance artist and Founder of Dirty Bird Productions, will moderate a panel featuring former Kawaii Ambassador Misako Aoki, appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2009, Carolyn Dee, author of the popular Lolita blog F Yeah Lolita and administrator of the largest English-speaking Lolita online community, and Christina Gleason, researcher of Lolita culture, author of the blog Ramble Rori, and founder of the first Northeast USA alternative fashion conference, RuffleCon. The panel will delve into Lolita fashion and offer a playful look into the subculture’s origins and development. Baby the Stars Shine Bright will show a collection of Lolita fashions direct from Japan chosen specifically for this event.

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