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Gothic and Lolita [Paperback]

Katsuhiko Ishikawa , Masayuki Yoshinaga , Shiho Kemp Suda
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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10 May 2007
Gothic & Lolita charts the trend of Gothic street fashion that has swept Japan over the last decade. Influenced by Western fashion trends from the mid 1980s, young teenagers, predominately adolescent girls, congregate in the urban centres of Harajuku, Akihabara and a number of underground clubs in and around Tokyo, dressed head-to-toe in gothic costumes and late-Victorian dress. The psychological characteristics of the average Japanese Goth is one of introversion and exclusivity. The majority of girls in the scene are teenagers and most usually stop dressing and behaving this way by the age of eighteen. The origin of the movement was in Osaka in the mid 1990s when young teenagers adopted Gothic fashion in response to the clothes worn and promoted by Japanese Gothic rock bands. In the ten years since the trend began it has expanded to a number of cities including Tokyo and now boasts many thousands of devotees who dedicate their lives to creating ever more flamboyant and bizarre variations on the Gothic theme.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd; First Edition edition (10 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714847852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714847856
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lovers of the flamboyant Japanese harajuku style will eat up this sumptuous, colourful, coffee-table offering ... For the Vivienne Westwood cyber-junkie in us all.' Diva 'more than a pretty coffee table book - it's a history book ... Fans, designers and anyone with the slightest interest in fashion and pop culture will certainly be amused, entertained and inspired.' i-D

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Masayuki Yoshinaga is one of the leading fashion and reportage photographers of his generation, his images have appeared in such magazines as Dazed & Confused and The Face. His work was recently shown in the Barbican Art Centre's Jam exhibition and at the Dazed & Confused Gallery in London. He lives in, and continues to investigate, the subcultures of Tokyo.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lots and lots of photos 5 April 2010
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This book is basically a collection of photos taken around the streets of Harajuku in Japan of people dressed mainly in gothic or lolita styles. Each page also has a few notes about the potraits - e.g. moniker, age, where they sourced some of the clothes and what they are currently inspired by.

At first I was quite disappointed by it - I thought there would be more explanations and written details about gothic lolita other than the blurb inside the back cover (which is basically the amazon description). However, the photos did draw me in. Some are not always successful - why are photos of "fruits" included in a gothic and lolita themed book? and why were some included at all , for example a girl dressed in a bikini and looking out of it, and other photos of girls in plastic adult shop style clothes? My dad glimpsed one of these and became quite worried about my gothic lolita interest. The book is also not about gothic lolita exclusively but gothic AND lolita so there are lots of photos of goths and Cybergoths - which I didn't find so interesting as I see lots of these on the streets or going to clubs in the UK.

I found the gender bending photos interesting - definetely some guys in there dressed as lolitas and a great girl "prince". My favourite photos were taken in bedrooms with the gothic lolitas surrounded by their personal effects. I find I often open the book and end up looking through it for quite a while, discovering new things. I also thought it was interesting where they sourced clothes - they seem obsessed with Vivienne Westwood shoes - the same pair appear in numerous shots.

I am glad I got this book - as there is very little out there about GL but I prefer my Tokyopop english Gothic and Lolita bibles for the variety of articles and more innocent fun feel of them.

Does anyone who has this book know if the dog on the front cover is fake? I think it is, but his position changes on the photo in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gothic treat 11 Dec 2011
By Anma
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It's a real treat to browse this excellent books, full of excellent quality pictures, and discover the amazing creativity behind those outfits.
A must for anyone interested in japanese subcultures, crazy costumes and else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic and lolita love ... 7 Jun 2009
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I purchased this book as i loved its predisesor 'fruits'. I love the fashion images of the Harajuku girls and boys, this edition focuses especially on the gothic and lolita style which I enjoyed very much. I would recomend to anyone interested in style/fashion or cultural study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the pics! 1 Oct 2013
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I'm a very big fin of fashion from Japin, this book was very well made,
alot of the pics are 'old' now but I still enjoy looking at it,
has alot of other fasion in, cyber, goth, to the getting more well known lolita,
would be nice if they made a new one, some of the pics are oever 10years old now.
but still happy to have this book.
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