Mini-Twitter Poll: What Got You Into Lolita Fashion?
At the end of January there was some debate / discussion on the impact of various different forms of media and how it impacted people getting into lolita fashion.
Generally, the “common knowledge” answer has typically been that a majority come to lolita via anime or other Japanese pop culture, but at the same time, a lot of people deny that explanation because they are embarrassed to admit they were really into anime at some point in their younger life, or that they might be into something that has a strong tie to western anime fandom, or because they want to make the difference between “lolita” and “cosplay” seem more defined.
Because of this, sometimes alternate explanations that people put forward can take off, even if there isn’t really a lot of evidence behind them.
So just for fun, I ran a twitter poll, and I put a few of the common theories / answers in (sadly twitter limits us to 4 answers)
There were also 65 comments, which outline a few other options, which include things like other fashion interests (Vivienne Westwood, other Jfashion), BJD, Japanese street fashion magazines (CUTiE / Kera / FRUITS), interest in historical fashion, and a couple people who actually did get it from a friend.
And multiple people upset that I combined Anime and Japanese music.
To be fair, I did have them separate, but I ran out of poll options so I combined them as the concept of getting into lolita through another aspect of Japanese pop culture. But the poll options also had to be short. Sorry.
Anyways, I just thought it was kind of interesting to quantify to some degree how many people did get into lolita via Japanese pop culture versus other common sources, even if there is a little bit of confirmation bias at play here.
I would note that while I did cross post to my FB, I’m not very active on twitter and I was more active on twitter back when I was more active on gaia / dress up doll forums so that also may have skewed the response.
It’s not exactly good research science at all, but, it’s mildly interesting. I think if I were to do a more formal survey on it, I’d like to ask what year people first got interested in lolita as well.
Mainly I’m just curious: How did you get into lolita fashion?
I’d love to hear people’s story in the comments, or even in a blog post of your own!