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I argue that Lolita Fashion is a rebellion against post Worl

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Emilie Rasmussen

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I argue that Lolita Fashion is a rebellion against post-World War II Japanese values and education system such as hard work, diligence, and social responsibility.
Lolita fashion is a Japanese street fashion that is influenced by Rococo, Edwardian, and Victorian fashions. It is known for its many ruffles, lace, bows, and puffy skirts. There are many substyles of Lolita, such as Sweet, Classic, and Gothic.

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What is Lolita fashion?
Thesis
How was it started?
Lolita fashion was originally worn by fans of Japanese Visual Kei bands in the 1990s. These bands are known for their feminine makeup, complex hairstyles, and elaborate costumes.
One of these bands was Malice Mizer. Malice Mizer's guitarist, Mana-sama, was known for wearing frilly black clothes and headdresses.

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Diffusion to the West
In the early 2000s, Lolita fashion spread to the west through media such as the Internet. In 2004, the movie "Kamikaze Girls" (which has an eccentric Lolita as the main character) was released. This movie also influenced the diffusion of Lolita fashion to the west.

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the secret life of the lolita part 3?
Substyles of Lolita
Lolita fashion is a fashion with many substyles--you could compare it with a printed book.
All printed books have spines, pages, and print, but there are many different genres and variations of them.
It is quite the same for Lolita. The style includes: Sweet, Gothic, Classic, Casual, Punk, Hime (princess) and many more.
Post-World War II Values in Japan
Respect towards elders, diligence, and hard work have been part of the value system in Japan since World War II. Academic prowess and social familial responsibility are also highly valued.
The "Me Generation"
In the 1980s, Japanese youth began to reject the system of values that had been thrust upon them. Instead, they have been pursuing their own dreams and paths to happiness, with no regards to family or society.
Education in Japan
Education in Japan is generally very tough, with lots of competition. Students are taught by constant repetition. However, it has been found that when students are taught in this manner, they find expressing themselves more difficult. These students might need an outlet, a place to sort of rebel, in order to balance out with their strict educations.
"I have no wish of becoming a woman of the world who has tasted both the sweet and the bitter things life has to offer. I don't ever want to eat anything bitter--I plan on living my life by filling myself up with only sweet. And if that gives me cavities, I'll cry. If treatment is required, I'll go under general anesthesia because I hate pain."
Momoko, Kamikaze Girls, by Novala Takemoto

Lolita fashion vs. Japanese values
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