Saturday, 3 December 2011

What is Kodona Fashion?

Gothic Lolita Fashion or, "Gothic Lolita" is a subculture fashion that originated in Harajuku, Japan, as a street-fashion and is influenced by and aims to imitate victorian clothing, and the image of fairy tale princesses, old world elegance and antique dolls.

I took an interest in this fashion since I'd always been interested in vintage and victorian styles.

Not to be confused by the blanket-term 'gothic lolita', there are many substyles of Lolita Fashion. Gothic Lolita is simply my personal favourite. Other styles include the popular Sweet Lolita, and Classical Lolita, and more minor substyles such as Guro Lolita, Ero Lolita, Shiro, Kuro and Themed Lolita styles.

Lolita fashion as a whole, and it's subsets have their own established brands and designers.

Some of the most popular for Gothic Lolita include;
          Black Peace Now (
          Alice and the Pirates (
          Moi Meme Moitie (


Sweet Lolita's most famous names include;
          Angelic Pretty (
          Baby The Stars Shine Bright (
          Metamorphose (


And for Classic Lolita there is;
         Victorian Maiden (
         Mary Magdalene (
         Innocent World (


And what about Boy-Style?
Boy-style, Kodona or Ouji-sama is the more masculine counterpart to Lolita. Immitating boys fashion inspired from the same eras that lolita is taken from; Rococo, Victorian and Edwardian.
Kodona could wear frock-coats, knee-shorts and top hats while Lolta wear petticoated dresses and hairbows.
There are no specifically Boy-Style brands, and it is a much less developed subset than the others, however, Alice and the Pirates, Peace Now and Metamorphose often have appropriately prince-like clothes for this look.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Kodona Code: Shirts and Blouses

Most, if not all lolita fashion blouses will work with Kodona, so long as you keep your style in mind. Big pink peter-pan collars will look cute with sweet styles, and high-collared styles with jabots, bows or cravats look great with classic and gothic style.
 That's not to say you can't mix it up. A white peter-pan collar with a gothic style will lend you a much younger little-boy look than a gentlemanly dandy look, but it can work.
 The great thing about dandy and boystyles, is that you don't really need a fancy or decoratibe blouse. A standard collared shirt can look just as nice, if not even more traditional and suave. The key with simple shirts is your neck wear.

However, be careful when buying shirts, especially in womens selections so you don't make this mistake that I made;

 Do you see that HUGE dip in the front between the collar and the buttons starting? Some blouses are produced this way because it's fashionable to wear them with the first few buttons undone. This is not a look that works with kodona fashion. I tried to remedy this by pinning the top together with a pin-on bow worn as a bow-tie, but that just left me with a gap above and/or below the bow.

Other than that small faux pas, there's really no limit to the type of blouse or shirt you can wear. Be it vintage, gothic, frilly, lolita or just a standard suit-shirt.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Halloween Meetup Photos

Happy November everyone. Here's some photos from our Halloween meetup from the 31st of October.
We went to the good old Willow Tea Rooms for lunch, tea and cake. Thanks to everyone who came along, fabulous company and fabulous costumes all round <3

Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Horror Photoshoot

WARNING; Not for the faint of heart.

Graphic gore, Medium nudity

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Gatsby Club Outfit

 This is what I wore to the recent Gatsby Club night. It was a fantastic evening, with amazing performers.

This entire outfit is offbrand.
Fun fact though, the waistcoat used to belong to my little brother... when he was 8 years old. Pretty soon it will be a vintage wasitcoat even though it was bought new... haha..

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

new prince-style items from metamorphose

from meta's blog, here;

New Prince Items

I particularly like the frills around the knee cuffs, and the bow on the back of the shorts. It's a bit different, and very cute.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Kodona Code: Trousers/Pants

Trousers, "Pants", or whatever you choose to call the bottom halfs of your outfit, are a very important key aspect of the whole look. Recently, 'Super Bloomers' emailed me asking for some advice on how to get your knickerbockers right, and I'm happy to help!
The most common style in kodona is above-knee length shorts. With long socks, and either knees showing or knees covered being completely acceptable. The knees-out look tends to give you a younger and more boyish appearance. Covered knees lends a slightly older, more dandy look.

 Notics, something you will not usually see in kodona bottoms, is flared ends. All shorts and trousers/pants are either straight-cut or cuffed at the ends. There are some examples out there of long trousers being boot-cut or slightly flared, or shorts being baggier, more like cullottes than fitted shorts, but these are rare and can be hard to pull off. Traditional, baggy Knickerbockers are always cuffed at the ends.

Some history;
Until after World War I boys customarily wore short pants in summer and knickerbockers in winter. At the onset of puberty, they graduated to long trousers. In that era, the transition to "long pants" was a major rite of passage!, andthe pants have become snugger in recent decades.

You might also hear the term "plus fours" for this style of trousers. The name comes from the simple fact that they are four inches longer than standard Knickers (which would be knee length). Plus Fours are most commonly associated with golfers, and other sports.
Less common, but also around are "plus twos" and "plus sixes".

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Kodona Code: The Cravat

A key aspect of any boy style or dandy outfit is the neckwear. I would say, honestly, the neckwear is as important to a dandy outfit as headwear is to a lolita outfit! It just completes the look.
The most common type is the formal Cravat shown abouve. This is historially a wide, patterned cloth worn tied at the neck and pinned with a tie pin.
Of course there are many types of neckwear to experiment with!
For a more casual look, there is always the Ascot tie, traditionally thinner than the cravat and worn under the collar, as shown here;

Another very popular style in dandy fashion is the Jabot;

Essentially, a long lace tie. Much more decorative and extravagant than the cravat or ascot.

Last but not least, there is the bow tie. Modern bow ties are usually pre-tied, and on straps to put easily around your neck. Bow ties can be as formal or as casual as any other type of tie, depending on the size, material and pattern of them.
A black or white silk tie of course being the most formal, all the way to large lacy bow ties as flamboyant as jabots, or even understated ascot-fabric bow ties that are more casual.

Here are some guides to various tie-knots. The first image is for a traditional bow-tie, the second is for varying types of cravat!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Kodona Code: Tail Coats

The tail coat is massively popular and iconic of most period fashions. No wonder, they are exceptionally elegant after all.

There are two main categories of historical tail coat, the Evening coat (bottom of image) and the Morning coat (top of image)
When someone thinks of a tailcoat, they usually think of the Evening Coat style, which has a square cut at the front and sides at waist length, and the long tails are knee length at the back.
This style is also known as the Swallow Tail type and the tails are usually rounded at the ends at the knee. Although longer or shorter tails came in and out of fashion over the twentieth century.

Morning coats taper from the front to the back in a sloped cut;
 but the tails usually look the same from the back as they do on the evening coat.

Some tail coats have square tails. These are usually shorter, military issue coats or specifically hunting coats.

The Highland Coatee, worn traditionally with a kilt in scotland is a good example of a very short-tailed coat.

With tail coats coming bacn in and out of fashion, usually as a womens fashion in modern times, you can find them in all sorts of styles and colours!
A gothic fashion edge to the tail coat was to make the tail ends sharply pointed, and this has stayed a popular style in modern tail coats.
My favourite modern tail coat designs come from Alice and the Pirates;
They do so many unusual things with the cut and details and always keep it interesting!
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