Yesterday Lolita fashion hit Worlds End shop.
In a style between Swiss maids, Alice in Wonderland & Mary Poppins, Betty from Georgia, Jo from Seattle, Leechy from North Carolina, Marissa from California & Abby from NYC, along with Cherrie & Oat both from Bangkok all joined together for a group trip to London. They are all here for one week to attend the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party this weekend at the Sanderson Hotel, ‘Enchanted’ at Gibson Hall & another Tea party at Ruben’s. About 300 Lolita’s are expected to attend.
I asked them why they had come to Worlds End & they told me that the connection was the Japanese shojo manga series ‘Nana’ written & illustrated by Ai Yazawa.
Originally Ai Yazawa (age 47) had been a fashion student but she dropped out & instead started a career in manga, publishing the first edition of ‘Nana’ in 2000.
Heavily centered around fashion, the storylines are generally on young women & their relationships.
The connection with Westwood is that Ai Yazawa used a lot of Westwood fashions in her storylines. You can see Punk styles, the red & black Love heart jacket & Rocking Horse boots from the 1987 ‘Harris Tweed’ collection & the tartan jacket from the ‘Anglomania’ collection in 1993 amongst other items.
‘Nana’ has been very popular & there have been 2 films & an anime series produced off the back of the original manga. Unfortunately Ai herself became ill in 2009 & she has been unable to work since that time.
I was thinking that maybe a manga biography of Vivienne might work.
Thanking all the ‘Lolita’s’ & I hope you all have a lovely weekend.