Japanese Lolita fashion has migrated overseas, with large-scale tea parties being held abroad. This we have already mentioned on New Tribe, but there is globalization continuing among Lolita fashion fans even within Japan. Among them, there are tea parties where the conversations are in English only, the majority of participants being foreigners. Recently there has also been the start of foreigner-hosted events.
This time there was a flea market visited by many foreigners, the “Gothic & Lolita Flea Market” (Sponsored by the Tokyo International Lolitas) and we photographed some of the foreigner Lolita fashion enthusiasts.
With Abiba (Hometown: Miami), an American woman working in a law office in Japan, at the center, this flea market was held for the second time, on the second floor of a café in Harajuku, on a side street off of Takeshita Dori.
When the flea market was first started, the desire for a flea market with Gothic & Lolita fashion was rising. Initially it was held outdoors with items put on display and sold, like an ordinary flea market. However, it turned out having it be an outdoor event was not suitable for the delicate Lolita clothing, as it could get dirty or wet. At this second Gothic & Lolita Flea Market, the first of which was on May 1, 2016, about half of the visitors were foreign, and among them were also tourists whom did not have any relation with Lolita fashion, enjoying shopping. One middle-aged man was carrying a pink heart shaped bag with a pleasant figurine attached to it, perhaps thinking of it as a souvenir for his daughter.
Among Japanese Lolita fashion, specific varieties such as “○○loli” (Goth Loli etc.) are the most prevalent, but some of the Lolita styles worn by foreigners seem to be more free. There are many people who put emphasis on the mood of their coordinates and show an overall cuteness. There is a possibility that a new fashion will be born from there.