I am forever fascinated by this Japanese fashion craze ever since I picked up my first copy of “Gothic Lolita.” This is a terrific magazine devoted to all things goth—but only in a way the Japanese can. The zine contained sections showing you how you can “gothify” ordinary objects such as a desk lamp, computer monitor, and even a trash bin! There are pages of models dressed in all things goth and posing in front of churches, clothing patterns, comic panels, and a recommendation page where they encourage a would-be goth to explore the world of Edward Golly, works by Edgar Allen Pole, and novels by Stephaan King. Terrific read, that Gothic Lolita.

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The first of the double trio Harajuku set is, of course, the goth version of the lolitas.

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The second set is a more light-hearted (and thriftier) Kawaii version.

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