EGL fashions and their subsets are inspired by Victorian (which came onto the scene just after Regency styles, in the early-mid 1800's) and Rococo (styles popular in the mid-late 1700's), in England and France, respectively. Adapting these styles to modern lolita is one of the more interesting things about the fashion, I think, and I'm constantly on the lookout for authentic fashion plates and research from the era when I'm making something new.
But I've always wondered - during the early-mid 1800's in America, there was a similar but still wholly different fashion movement happening. In the American South, fashion was known as Antebellum
is characterized by hoop skirts, pagoda sleeves, capelets and shawls, floral decorated bonnets, pointed drop waists and near-off-the-shoulder bodices. Quite a lot of the antebellum aesthetic could successfully be translated into EGL, especially the styles specific to little girls of the period. Young girls in antebellum fashion also had shortened skirts, but a marked difference is that girls allowed the lacy bottoms of their bloomers to show underneath their skirts.( Collapse )
What do you ladies think? Which aspects of Antebellum style do you think would translate the best? Are any of you as fascinated with this style as I am? I'm going to start making some sketches to see what could be pulled from this style!