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Advice request for a Lolita panel at my university, 
27th-Jan-2013 11:16 pm
Hello all! My university does an on-campus convention every year, and I have volunteered to do one on lolita fashion (and I think I might tie in Fairy Kei and Mori girl if time allows). I wanted to ask the advice of my fellow lolitas on what to cover and for how long. Here are my questions:

1.) How long should I request? Panels must be either 20, 50, or 80 minutes long.
2.) What should be covered? Just a lolita 101 with the basics of silhouette and the anatomy of a coord, or background and history? (This has never been done at my school before)
3.) How should it be presented? By powerpoint, lecture, etc? I plan to wear a full coord so I can be an example as well.
4.) How many types of lolita should be covered? The basics (sweet, gothic, classic) or the subsets as well?

Any other advice would be appreciated, I really hope to get people at my school interested in the fashion!
28th-Jan-2013 05:12 am (UTC)
What university is doing the con, if you don't mind me asking? There's a local university around here that's doing an on-campus con in a few weeks, and I'm curious if it's the same one!

If you're going to do a Lolita 101 panel, you could honestly probably breeze through that in 20 minutes, especially if the school's not too familiar with Lolita and the con isn't too big. There might be a lot of people there simply to be somewhere and honestly a short and sweet thing might be best for that sort of group. You might even be able to schedule two, a longer more in-depth one for later?

I'd suggest powerpoint, Lolita panels tend to need to be very visual, especially lolita 101 panels.

I'd just cover the basic styles if it's a Lolita 101. I think branching off into non-Lolita related fashions like Fairy Kei and Mori Girl might just end up confusing people if they come in not having any idea about Lolita.
28th-Jan-2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing! my local con is at RPI if thats anyone else..
28th-Jan-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's definitely not the same one. Ours isn't till April, they just want all the people who want to do panels to sign up and start preparing now.

I agree about 20 minutes, Lolita 101 would probably be best for my school. It's a very small school and I only know one other girl here that's even heard of egl (she used to be into it in high school but left before college). If this one is a success, I think I might do a longer and more in depth one next year, they do this con every year.

Thanks for all of your advice!
28th-Jan-2013 08:17 am (UTC)
If you're going over the very basics, then 20 minutes should be feasible. 50 minutes seems a bit to long unless you have a lot of extras to do. Stick with the basics on what it is, how it started, and yes the anatomy of a coord. Short and sweet. It is a good idea to use yourself as an example. Powerpoint is a very good idea to aid a mini lecture. I would suggest to focus on basic styles and then lightly mention that are others (sailor, military, ott, etc).
28th-Jan-2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm worried that 50 minutes would be too long, I feel like I'll have 15 minutes left at the end and no one will have questions. xD

Good advice, I'll mostly focus on the basics and maybe mention a few of the sub-styles so they can look them up on their own if they're interested.
28th-Jan-2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've done several panels at a medium-sized local con, and last year I did a panel at my university's mini convention. If you want to go over just the basics, you can do it in 20 minutes, but I've used 50-80 minutes for mine. If you have leftover time, people will surely have questions to fill it. What you cover is really up to you. I go over:

Myths about the fashion. (Make sure they understand what you're NOT talking about before you start.)
A quick anatomy of a Lolita outfit.
Go over the subfashions. People always want to hear about the subfashions.
I like to say there are three basic "rules;" keeping the silhouette, good quality materials and modesty.
An overview of options for buying Lolita clothing - brand name, off brand, second hand, commissioning.
Specific stores to buy from.
Where not to buy from.
A little section on sewing your own, because while it doesn't apply to everyone, people always ask.
Online Lolita communities.

Say "difficult to pull off" a lot as opposed to just "this is not Lolita."

I would definitely use a visual aid other than yourself. A powerpoint is a good idea.

As far as how many subfashions to cover, Sweet, Gothic, Punk and Classic are the basics, but I like to do OTT sweet separately, and you may want to add casual, aristocrat and boystyle depending on the time slot you choose. I wouldn't cover all the theme-y things, personally.
28th-Jan-2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks! I'll probably use the topics you listed as my framework for my powerpoint presentation! Very solid advice, I'll be using all of this.
28th-Jan-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. :) I would love to know how it goes!
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