A huge, huge thank you to meiki for compiling this list she is amazing!
/*-*/-Lolita and Miscellany
Ace of Hearts
A Sweet Lolita in Debt
Arabesque Zine Blog
Away with the Fairies
Carousel of Crowns
The Circus Stage
Commerce City Sister
Cotton Candy Days
Enfant de Pêche
F*** Yeah Lolita
Gothic Lolita Sewing and Other Amusements
Goths Just Wanna Have Fun
Her Curious Elegance
The Imaginarium Fantasmica of Miss Matched
The Itty Bitty
I wish I had an Angel...
Key Note Craze
Koko in Wonderland
La Madame Sans Merci
La Vida Frills
La Vie en Rose
Living Life Lovely
Mermaids and Flotsam
The Midnight Ballroom
Moral Dilemmas and Life: As I See It
Not Too Sweet
One Thousand Frills
Painting the Roses Pink
Part Time Lolita
Petite Lily au Chocolat
Pink Milk Tea
Prince des Enfers
Screw the Rules
Strawberry Fields Forever
Strawberry Sweet Dream
Sweet Lolita On-The-Go
The Ugly Duckling
Violet Le Beaux
Xelyna the Gothic Lolita
You Make Me Nostalgic
New Vogue Children
Une Cortile de Roses
La Vie en Rose
Milk Ribbon Candy
Red Riding Hood
♥Official Shop Blogs♥
Alice and the Pirates-Harajuku
Alice and the Pirates-Nagoya
Alice and the Pirates-Shinjuku
Angelic Pretty-Maki & Asuka
Angelic Pretty Paris
Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Chiba
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Daikanyama
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Fujisawa
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Kanazawa
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Kumamoto
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Matsuyama
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Mito
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Nagano
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Nagoya
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Naha
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Okayama
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Omiya
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Osaka
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-San Fransisco
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Sendai
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Shizuoka
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Takasaki
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Utsunomiya
Baby the Stars Shine Bright-Yokohama
Emily Temple Cute-Kyoto
Emily Temple Cute-Nagoya
Emily Temple Cute-Osaka
Victorian Maiden Press Room
Strawberry Fields Forever
♥English♥ (not all of these artists' work is lolita, but they have some very good pieces)
Queen of Dorks
Live Love Burn Die
Milky toothy (not all lolita or work safe, check older stuff)
Carnet Atelier (where the drawings from this site come from)
Begins in the End
Kira (the artist for Angelic Pretty)
Site of Tomkiza Nori (not all work-safe)
Lolita, unless most subcultures, doesn't have a specific music style that goes with it. A lot of people associate it with visual kei, but you don't have to like VK to like lolita. A lot of different types of music with a lolita feeling are posted at lolita_requiem. It may not all be what you imagine lolita music to be, but it's certainly a great place to find new music. However, if you are into VK, you may want to check out these notably lolita artists.
Moi Dix Mois
Kana-P no Mori
Aya/Pyscho le Cemu
Ali Project (~ misadesu)
(Taken from a list made by Totodedum a while ago but she's not on lj to ask permission ;_;)
Under the Glass Moon
Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story)
The Tarot Cafe
Dazzle (Hatenko Yugi)
Full Moon O Sagashite!
Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
Shiroi Heya no Futari
Zankoku na Douwa tachi
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Snow in the Dark
Yoki Koto Kiku (thanks xbiteyourtongue)
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (thanks mikazuki_hime)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Nana (there's a lolita in the series)
Le Portrait de Petite Cosette (thanks xbiteyourtoungex)
A Little Princess
The Princess Bride
The Dark Crystal
Beauty and the Beast
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Howl's Moving Castle
The Last Unicorn
Fairy Tale: A True Story
The Brother's Grimm
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
The Princess Diaries
The 10th Kingdom
The Importance of being Earnest
Pride & Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
My Fair Lady
Shakespeare in Love
Phantom of the Opera
Kamikaze Girls (or anything by Novala, you can read some translations at wildroselolita's LJ)
Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (recommended by xbiteyourtongue)
Cecile: Gates of Gold by Mary Casanova (recommended by xbiteyourtongue)
(Please help me add to this)
♥Who is Novala♥
Novala Takemoto is a prominent lolita writer and designer, most notablably for BtSSB.
Wikipedia's background info
And article posted by Wildroselolita
Avant Gauche provides a list of all the mooks and where you can purchase them.
Note: There is now an English version of the Gothic Lolita Bible and at the time there are at least 5 volumes. They feature a number of Western brands as well, so support local designers~!
♥The Visual Beast♥
♥Annotated Bibliography♥ (thank you soniabunny
Lau, Vanessa, Talaya Centeno, and Kim Friday "Good Mourning." WWD: Women's Wear Daily 197.95 (2009): 6.
The article presents information on the impact of goth subculture on the fashion and glamor sectors. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York says Goth has still been relatively underexploited. Steele talks about Japan's prominent Goth figure, the Gothic Lolita. According to designers, contemporary label Witches, by Lauren Alexander and Gabby Applegate, is geared towards Goth.
Western Goth responds to a lot of religious imagery and potentially controversial connotations, explains Carmen Yuen, who's made a career out of blogging about the Gothic Lolita culture on lacarmina.com. Whereas in Japan, it's just an aesthetic. It's all visual, without the context.
"April 26, 8: 15 P.m. 803 King St. W." Toronto Star 12 May. 2005, sec. C: 4.
The article covers a flamboyantly dressed couple who run a [now defunct] ebay store called SadisticVanity that specializes in gothic clothing, including gothic lolita.
Happening upon this pair at the Foggy Dew pub is like catching sight of a rainbow. Or perhaps a shocking flash of lightning is a more appropriate comparison. It's a treat: you feel special but slightly afraid.
Wyatt, Kathleen. "Sushi, Saké and Samurai in the City of Secrets." Times [London] 21 Mar. 2009: 44-45.
Tourists in Japan and how they experience Japanese culture
Like Kuniyoshi's prints, Tokyo's layers multiplied the more I looked; from the strident buildings that sprouted in its economic bubble to the history amid its foyers and pylons and an underground world of shops, restaurants and ceaseless commuting. Its faces multiplied too, from the "gothloli" trend, where schoolgirls make up and travel into the vibrant Haranjuku area from the outskirts dressed as "Gothic lolitas", to the heavily costumed kabuki actors, re-enacting stories that are still gobbled up today (even if many in the audience have to opt for an audioguide to help them through the references).
Talmadge, Eric. "Tokyo Lolita Subculture Thumbs Nose at Growing Up." Canadian Press 30 Jul. 2008.
A look at gothic lolita subculture, its roots, image, and personal meaning, featuring the singers of Black Pansy, Naoto Hirooka, and Fumiyo Isobe.
"The pure, girl-like world inside of me, that is what Lolita is all about."
Nakamoto, Michiyo. "A Miss Marple Mystery a Single Fashion Designer Inspires These Three Japanese Gothic Lolitas to Dress to Impress." Financial Times [London] 1 Nov. 2003: 10.
Three Japanese lolitas talk about their lives, how much they spend on clothes, their reasons and motivation for wearing gothic lolita, and love for the Jane Marple brand.
"I wear these clothes because I want to remember my girlish spirit. I don't want to grow up. My friend calls it a combat uniform against daily life. It gives us confidence, it helps us feel stronger. People do look at us coldly, but we fight back."
Cunngingham, Bill. "Animated." New York Times 4 Oct. 2009, sec. ST: 4.
A style brief of observations at the New York anime festival.
Headgear ranged from tiny top hats to a teacup balanced precariously on the side of a young woman's head.
Lo, Alex. "Are the Men Taking up the Torch of GothLoli?" South China Morning Post 19 Apr. 2008, sec. NEWS: 2
Article purports that Gothic Lolita was all the rage in Japan in the late 1990s but "has since gone out of style." A reader snapped a picture of a young man wearing Gothic Lolita on a train a guess is hazarded about a new direction for GL.
At least he looked as if he was having fun, unlike the rest of the passengers, who were too busy with their indignation and disapproval.
Bartlett, Ray. "Avant-garde, Anime Fashion Fills Harajuku; It's Where Young Folks Hang Out, and Let It All Hang Out." USToday 26 Apr. 2006, sec. E: 8.
This article addresses that the inspiration behind Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line is drawn from Harajuku. Describes the look of GothLoli as Victorian + French maid inspired.
But many of her flourishes are straight out of one famous Japanese neighborhood, Harajuku. Tokyo's hippest teen and twentysomething hangout district has long been known among locals for its shoppers' outlandish outfits.
Karimzadeh, Marc. "Gothic & Lolita Book Goes Medieval." WWD: Women's Wear Daily 4 May. 2007: 13.
A review of the book "Gothic & Lolita" with brief discussions of the origins of the fashion.
It is as if you are looking at codes of your own culture regurgitated back at you, a new form of global pop culture for the masses.
Holson, Laura M. "Gothic Lolitas: Demure Vs. Dominatrix." New York Times 13 Mar. 2005, late ed.. final, sec. 9: 8.
Seriously, who hasn't read this by now? ^__^;;
'We should all be flattered that the style is reaching mainstream,'' read one recent post online. ''Fashion is a free right."
Muramoto, Hiro. "Japan's Gothic Take on Lolita." Calgary Herald [Alberta] 30 Sep. 2008, final ed.., sec. D: 3.
A short piece on the fashion, quotes from Japanese lolitas, its place in their lives, and apprehension about its authenticity being lost
You can call it Jane Eyre meets the Addams family, but for the hundreds of Japanese girls who dress in Victorian dresses trimmed with lace, eyes rimmed with heavy black makeup, it's "Gothic-Lolita."
Jiminez, Dabrali. "Lovely Lolita." New York Times 28 Sept. 2008 sec. CY:4.
A brief article on Lolitas in New York, fashion as described by them, and what wearing Lolita means to them
'I saw a girl dressed as a Lolita and thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen,'' Ms. Ramos said. ''She was wearing a pair of rocking-horse ballerina shoes, and I had never seen anything like them before. I was fascinated that you could walk with your heel missing.''
Brown, Janelle. "The Fruits Look: Japanese Street Chic Puts Our Bland Fashion to Shame." Ottawa Citizen 28 Jul. 2001, final ed.: E6
While not about Gothic Lolita specifically, this article looks at Japanese Street Fashion; including EGL, Fruits, Ganguro and some specious reporter generated psychological speculation on why street fashion is so popular. A good example of how a cursory, superficial glance at the style can create myriad misunderstandings.
This demure look would probably be best described as Kogaru, which is a popular Lolita-esque look based on the 14-year-old Japanese anime character Sailor Moon, who has taken Japan by storm in the last year.
Anandarajah, Anita. "Valley of the Dolls." New Traits Times [Malaysia] 10 Oct. 2003: 1.
This article distinguishes Lolita fashion from cosplay, goes into the costs, parental opinions, the detail that goes into the look, and Manu[sic] and his J-rock band Malice Mizer
Next to manga and anime, Japanese fashion trends may be the country's largest export. So sit back and hold on tight to your bloomers ladies,Malaysia may be hit by typhoon Lolita soon!
Rosenberg, Karen. "Where Too Much Is Never Enough (and Black Is Still the New Black)." New York Times 19 Dec. 2008, sec. C: 31.
Brief mention of Gothic Lolita fashon in the context of goth's pervasive and persistent presence in the fashion world, especially as vampiric themes continue to cycle back into popularity. The article focuses on the Gothic: Dark Glamour fashion show at the FIT Museum.
Yet she closes the exhibition with an emphasis on the philosophical alliance between fashion and death, quoting Coco Chanel's statement, ''Fashion must die and die quickly, in order that it can begin to live.'' That explains the perennial parade of black clothes on the runway, but not the enduring, cross-cultural phenomenon that gave rise to Horace Walpole's novel ''The Castle of Otranto'' and Harajuku's gothic Lolitas.
Krashinsky, Susan. "Wicked like a Harajuku Girl; Japan's Disenchanted Youth Have Found an Outlet For Frustrations in Striped Knee Socks and French Maid Costumes." Ottawa Citizen 27 Oct. 2007, final ed., sec. NEWS: A10.
A look at Gwen Stefani's appropriation of Harajuku culture, extended adolescence in Japan and the world, and subversion in the fashion.
When rebellious expression is boiled down to Barbie dress-up with weirdo sidekicks, it begs the question: Can real street fashion survive pop star packaging?
Black, Daniel. "Wearing Out Racial Discourse: Tokyo Street Fashion and Race as Style." Journal of Popular Culture 42.n (2009): 239-256. Print.
This scholarly article does not mention Gothic Lolita and focuses on kogyaru style. Black explores race, race as it exists in Japan, race as a style, and kogyaru as racial mimicry. He concludes that appearing white or black is not the goal of kogyaru fashion, and that while the style may have sprung from issues relating to the Japanese sense of racial identity, it ultimately undermines the concept of race by transferring "unique" racial characteristics to any body.
The precise nature of these images and ideas makes the kogyaru an excellent case study for a discussion of the impact of racial aesthetics on Japanese fashion and ideas of attractiveness, the kogyaru serving as an exaggeration or distortion of themes which are generally expressed in a more subtle way.
Gagné, Isaac. "Urban Princesses: Performance and "Women's Language" in Japan's Gothic/Lolita Subculture." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 18.i (2008): 130-150. Print.
This paper investigations the linguistic strategies used in the counterpublic discourse of Gothic/Lolita, a young Japanese women's subculture of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and explores how the subculture and its practices are characterized by the Japanese media. Particular attention is paid ot how subcultural magazines, websites, and Gothic/Lolitas themselves create and sustain a "virtual linguistic community" through a specialized lexicon of nelogisms and re-appropriated "women's language," as well as negative identity practices that seek to define Gothic/Lolita against other subcultures as kosupure. Additionally, an analysis of representations of Gothic/Lolita speech in two television programs reveal how the media constructs ambivalent mages via iconization and erasure through narration and editing. [Abstract from article]
For Gothic/Lolitas, there is more at stake in educating each other through magazines and web forums than merely constructing a shared notion of community. Haunting the Gothic/Lolita at every turn is what they perceive as a pervasive misunderstanding of their subculture by society at large, and results in attempts both passive and active to distance themselves from unwanted stereotypes.
Kawamura, Yuniya. "Japanese Teens as Producers of Street Fashion." Current Sociology 54.5 (2006): 784-801
This study is a macro-sociological analysis of the social organization of Japanese street fashion and a micro-interactionist analysis of teen consumers who form various subcultures. These subcultures directly and indirectly dictate fashion trends. The present study shows the interdependence in the production process of fashion between institutions within the industries and the Japanese teens. Street fashion in the fashionable districts of Tokyo, such as Harajuku and Shibuya, is independent of any mainstream fashion system and goes beyond the conventional model of fashion business with different marketing strategies and occupational categories. This article shows that fashion is no longer controlled or guided by professionally trained designers but by the teens who have become the producers of fashion.
The Lolita followers have created a website community (Holson, 2005). There are rules as to what kind of topics can be posted on the Internet so that they can maintain their subcultural identity of the site.
Miller, Laura. "Those Naughty Teenage Girls: Japanese Kogals, Slang, and Media Assessments." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 14.2 (2004): 225-247.
This article examines Kogals, young Japanese women who challenge dominant models of gendered language and behavior through linguistic and cultural innovation. The article describes the linguistic resources Kogals use to construct female-centered subcultural identities and the condemnation and fetishistic interest they provoke in mainstream media. Media focus on these “misbehaving” girls places them at the center of an ongoing struggle over female self-definition and autonomy. The study of Kogals contributes to scholarly analysis of youth subcultures and to understanding of linguistic diversity and cultural heterogeneity in Japan.
An interesting feature of Kogal speech is their practices of self-reference. In a manner similar to how the Riot Girl network in the United States appropriated punk style for confrontational feminist ends in the 1970s, adopting the denigrating label Girl and reinvesting it with new power, Kogals usually refer to themselves and others in their subculture as gyaru (‘Girl’).
Miller, Laura. "Japan's Cinderella Motif: Beauty Industry and Mass Culture Interpretations of a Popular Icon." Asian Studies Review 32.3 (2008): 393-409.
This article explores the appeal of the Cinderalla (princess) story in Japan and mentions Momoko's (of Shimotsuma Monogatari) mother entering the Cinderalla beauty contest.
A powerful appeal of the Cinderella story is its claim to egalitarianism – all eligible maids may attempt to wear the glass slipper. Cinderella also fits well with longstanding Japanese ideas about self-development and discipline.
Cameron, Don. "Off-the-Rack Identities: Japanese Street Fashion Magazines and the Commodification of Style." Japanese Studies 20.2 (2000): 179-187.
Street fashion constitutes an important context in which notions of spatial, personal and generational identities are being played out on the streets of Japanese cities. Negotiating the gaps between these lived places and the abstract space of the symbolic `street’ promoted by the specialised fashion media, young people are also actors in a real-life urban drama in which the prioritisation of the aesthetic leads to a subtle balancing act between conformity and differentiation. This paper explores the relationship between a district of central Osaka known as Amerika-mura, and a range of aesthetic, narrative and performative practices which link it to this abstract `street’.
For teenagers who have yet to develop confidence in purchasing and using fashion commodities, the street fashion magazines create supposedly natural links between certain objects and the places in which they are to be bought and worn, while appearing to remove the burden of choice which all forms of consumption necessarily entail.