Mero (q_of_clubs) wrote in egl,

Theme post: Lolita idols

I can't help but think that most Victorian and Rococo divas were more or less forced to play it safe and dress according to the current trends. Of course someone had to push limits to keep the fashion train moving, but it might have been some kind of social suicide to go for a deep anachronistic look as we do today with our frills.

I highly respect those who dress Lolita because it's cute or princess-like. I do it not only because I love the clothing itself but also because of how surreal and misplaced it feels in our postmodern scenarios. My aesthetic ideal is somewhat disturbing, an act of estrangement that questions normality to some point, even if it's just for a second.

I admire Lord Byron -Romantic poet and one of the finest dandies- because he lived his life as if it were a work of art. The myth created around his life and literary production even contributed to the idea of vampires as the refined, aristocratic, stylized creatures we know today.

I admire Oscar Wilde because of the supreme, independent status he gave to artistic works, unlinking them from morality and usefulness.

I admire those surrealist guys who tried to get art out of the museums and public lectures and give it back to daily life while trying to rescue the irrational elements that lie in dreams and spontaneous thought after long decades of positivist primacy.

Last but not least, I admire David Bowie not only because of his music, but as the figurehead of these glam queens kings who appealed to past fashions and futuristic visions to provocate, challenged traditional gender roles and gave way to a great number of the youth subcultures we know today. Maybe we wouldn't be around if weren't for guys like him.

My idols are those who had the guts to dare current standards and mix art into daily life (pursuing an individual clothing style is a good example), no matter how extravagant or ridiculous the mainstream eye accused them to be. I believe they're the ones who levelled the terrain for us Lolitas, maybe even more than 19th century dames.

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