Today we will be looking at the first issue of the English Gothic & Lolita Bible.
What I Liked
One of the first few pages contains a little quiz that helps you find your "perfect" loli style. It's not in depth and I would take it's results with a grain of salt (especially because the results are only gothic, punk, casual and sweet. Where is the classic?) but it's still fun to take. I really like the layout.
The article Lolita U.S.A. is a snapshot of the life of American lolitas. The date this mook was published was only three years ago but already it is evident that we have all come so far. This was written when brands did not offer overseas shipping and there was a very limited supply of Western lolita attention, it makes me feel fortunate that we're progressing with leaps and bounds.
The mook features the clothing of many major lolita brands including Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Moi Meme Moitie, but I like that it also takes a look at smaller brands, many of which I hadn't heard of. It's fun to see something out of the usual, I really like the designs of Fairy Wish.
The short article Shopping Made Easy gives a quick but informative guide to obtaining loli clothing. It gives helpful suggestions for shopping on Japanese brand websites with the use of a shopping service, finding loliable clothing in the mall, making your own outfits and buying from American brands. The article mentions In The Starlight, an America lolita brand of the past which I always feel nostalgic for (however they have an Etsy page here).
There is an interview with Vivien Hoffpauir, the designer of the American brand Candy Violet. I was very interested to read about how she got started and what inspired her lolita line. I really liked Candy Violets loli clothing, it's a shame now that the shop caters more towards the rockability style now.
What I Disliked
There is a gothic photoshoot and interview with Hakuei and Tomo, who I believe are some Japanese rock stars. I know that the mook is called Gothic & Lolita Bible, therefore it must cover both styles, but I didn't enjoy looking at the photos or reading what they had to say. When I reread the mook I just skip over this section.
There is a two page photoshoot and story (which is only two paragraphs) called "Angel Stripped Bare by Her Devil" both featuring and written by Novala Takemoto. Personally I think it's really distasteful and poorly written. Fans of Takemoto will probably like this, but he really irks me.
There is coverage of a concert that occurred in Los Angeles in 2007 featuring J Rock and Visual Kei artists. Neither of these genres particularly interest me and I'm not an avid concert goer so this article bored me to tears.
One of the first features in the magazine asked girls "What is Gothic & Lolita to You?". It was interesting to see how everyone answered but the majority of the girls asked were from Japan, it would have been nice to see more Western girls respond as well. Lolitas come from all around the world, I want to hear a variety of opinions!
What Else Was In The Mook?
- Patterns for a wolf hat, bunny ear cape, cat hat, a tote bag, and an Alice head bow
- A letter from the editors
- Gothic and Lolita History
- Interview with a Lolita-Loving Artist and Designer (Author of Japan Ai: A Tall Girls Adventure's in Japan)
- Harajuku Street Snaps
- A Moi Meme Moitie photoshoot featuring Mana
- Lolita store staff interviews
- An article on the Tokyo Darkside Tours which cater to lolitas visiting Japan
- A Snow White photo story
- An interview with Novala Takemoto discussing his book Princess Scale
- A prince and princess photoshoot
- Requirements of a Royal Princess
- A really jacked up Frog Princess photoshoot (I love how weird it is)
- A short story by Kendi Ootsuki
- An exploration of gothic and lolita fashion in manga
- Coverage of Baby, the Stars Shine Bright's 2005 Christmas Party
- An interview with Nana Kitade, a Japanese lolita singer
- A gothic photoshoot featuring Visual Kei band members
- Interview with the Gothic & Lolita Bible cover illustrator
- Kyokusyoku Sumire Pastimes
- Reader submissions
- A guide to blood type personality traits
- A seven page comic
128 pages long
Isbn # 978-1427803474
Published February 12, 2008
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