Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen(二)
Q: In your editor's intro, you make a distinction that it's Gothic AND Lolita Bible, not "Gothic Lolita" – can you explain?
Jenna: Well, there are two types of fashion featured in Gothic & Lolita Bible. They're related because both are street fashion from Japan, and both have a Victorian base. The Gothic fashion, the name refers to is not equivalent to American Goth, rather it's a Gothic aesthetic reminiscent of what one might find in Victorian horror novels.
Lolita is the more popular of the two fashions, and about 80% of our mook (and the Japanese version, as well) is dedicated to that fashion. Nearly all Lolita is based upon the bell shape of the skirt and the inclusion of a lot of frills (ruffles, lace, and bows), but there are a lot of subcategories of Lolita, including Gothic Lolita (which uses darker fabrics, darker makeup, and the like), Sweet Lolita (which includes motifs like animals and sweets), Country Lolita (which often incorporates gingham and fruits, and which some say is a sub-category of Sweet Lolita), Punk Lolita (which is edgier and often includes tartan plaids, buckles, and elements of that nature), Casual Lolita (which might pair a twin set or a cute hoodie with a traditional Lolita-style skirt), and more. So, the mook isn't just dedicated to one subtype of Lolita, it covers all Lolita, and a little bit of Gothic, too!
Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about Gothic and Lolita fashions and lifestyle?
Michelle: People take one look at the word "Lolita" and assume that the fashion has a sexual undertone, as is true of the novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov. However, Lolita is inspired by clothing from the Rococo and Victorian era, and it emphasizes modesty and cuteness rather than sexuality.
Also, people tend to think “Gothic Lolita” is the only category of Lolita, when in fact there are many other facets of the fashion, such as Sweet Lolita, Classic Lolita, and Punk Lolita, to name just a few.
Q: What do you think is the appeal of the Gothic and Lolita fashion to American audiences? What type of girl is most interested in this style?
Jenna: I think it appeals to different people for different reasons. A lot of the feedback that I get is that girls like it because it's very feminine and frilly, and you feel like a princess when you dress in Lolita. I also hear a lot that it's nice to cover up; Lolita fashion is very modest in its traditional form, so you're not bearing your shoulders or your belly or your thighs, or much skin at all, really! And it's a nice change, what with how revealing a lot of trendy fashions have become.
Those most interested in the style tend to be high-school and college age, but there are definitely younger girls and older women who are attracted to the fashion, as well—anyone who thinks the clothes are cute and wants to feel pretty herself!