I have this theory that there are two major generations of gothic lolita, and maybe lolita in general. The first generation is made up of teens who found it through Visual-kei. Most of these people are now in or nearing their 20's. The next and current generation is made up of teens who found it through anime and manga. Many people in both groups probably found regular lolita through gothic lolita and consider it to be a "step up" from or "more mature" than gothic lolita.
I personally am a Visual-kei gen girl :D Man I love that 90's Visual.
Different images of pop [mainstream popular] gothic lolita resulted from these two generations. ( blah blah social analyzation blahCollapse )
Anyway...the point of this post was simply one of curiosity. Have any of you, or do you know anyone, who discovered lolita and gothic lolita through something other than Visual-kei or anime/manga? Did any of you ever just find it all on its own, through love of the Japanese culture/fashion/a friend?
Come to think of it, my boyfriend discovered gothic lolita by seeing them on the streets of Tokyo. I also met a girl once who discovered lolita through Dollfies and BJD. So what about you?