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Handbag

Handbag

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    NATSUKO (designer)
    Mamechiyo Modern (retailed by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton and appliquéd lace

  • Museum number:

    FE.299-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This was part of the "Wa Lolita" or "Japanese Lolita" outfit on display from 23 April 2012 to January 2013 in the "Kitty and the Bulldog Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain" exhibition at the V&A. Part of the V&A British Design Season.

Lolita fashion emerged during the 1990s as a radical form of street style born out of the Japanese taste for Hello Kitty cuteness. Whether dressed in pink, powder blue, red, white or black, Lolitas are immediately recognisable by their doll-like make-up, frilly skirts, fanciful headgear, ribbons and lace. A striking feature of Lolita fashion is the extent to which it is influenced by British culture: Alice in Wonderland, Glam Rock, the New Romantics, Gothic, Punk and Vivienne Westwood. Although the attitude and aggression of Punk and Gothic have no place in the world of the Lolita, the movement represents a similarly powerful rebellion against the conventions of contemporary society. The first three sections of the display are devoted to Sweet, Gothic and Punk Lolita. The final section, Japanese Lolita, shows how a fascination with the exotic and alternative has resulted in the reappropriation and sometimes extreme recasting of traditional modes of Japanese dress.

Physical description

Handbag, made of black cotton with appliquéd beige lace.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

2011 (made)

Artist/maker

NATSUKO (designer)
Mamechiyo Modern (retailed by)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton and appliquéd lace

Dimensions

Length: 18.5 cm, Height: 20.5 cm, Height: 10 cm strap, Height: 30 cm total height

Descriptive line

Handbag, cotton and lace, designed by Natsuko, Japan, 2011

Materials

Cotton; Lace

Techniques

Appliqué

Categories

Accessories; Fashion

Collection

East Asia Collection

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