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Friday Late: Loli-Pop!.

This is probably awfully short notice but The V&A Museum are holding a Lolita fashion event tonight!

V&A Presents FRIDAY LATE with MasterCard

Friday 31 August

Join us for an evening of Lolita fashion, the unique street style that combines Japan’s obsessions with cuteness, punk and Gothic macabre. Be styled in pink, with frills and wigs, plus doll-like make-up with an edge. Celebrating the related V&A display Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita Fashion and the Influence of Britain in Japan, Room 45.

All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.


DJ set: Roustabouts
A special video-game / electro-music mix by the super-inventive theatrical DJ duo Markabre Charade and Anna Krohnistic.

DJ set: Tom Smith
Tune in to a heady mix of J-pop, J-rock and more, courtesy of Japan Underground’s entertainment guru Tom Smith.

Kimono Demonstration with Mamechiyo Modern
Join Mamechiyo of Mamechiyo Modern discussing the aesthetics of kimono culture and demonstrating the complexities of traditional Japanese dress. Not so much corsets or Loli-lacing, but sashes, sashes and more sashes.

Grand Alice Finale
See the evening out with our closing programme of poetry, film, music and ballet.


5-Stop Lolita Photo-op Trail
Indulge in a little narcissism with our special photo-op trail. Following the themes of Kitty and the Bulldog, pose Sweet, Gothic, Punk or Japanesque. Look out for a dedicated Loli-POP! stop as well. Gothic and Japanesque prints by Surface View. Sweet and Punk sets by Anna Lomax.

‘Loli-POP! Lolitas’ : Live Link with Paris
Roll up, roll up, come and play the wheel-spinning ‘Loli-POP! Lolitas’ game. Using a dedicated web link, play head to head against opponents in Paris and rack up points for your home team. Winners will receive a small prize and get the chance to participate in a future public game with bigger and better trophies. If you don’t feel like playing yourself, come along and cheer on your friends. It’s going to be Japanese game-show crazy!

Purikamera Photo Booth
Pose in a booth and share stickers with friends. China Town comes to South Kensington with Kevin Deenoo and The London Photo Sticker Club.

Wig Bar
Swap your wig or don one anew. Pixie Late and her team of Frills and Frolics faithfuls will help you transform yourself into someone you never knew you could be. Wigs courtesy of Gothic Lolita Wigs.

Nail Bar
Nail Rock are here with a great range of designer nail wraps. Give it a go, you’ll be amazed … the bet’s on that you’ll never want to sniff at a bottle of nail polish again.

Lashes and Lips
Wigs and nails are indispensable, but don’t forget those lashes and pouts. A team of professionals from Shu Uemura will be on hand to pep up your glazzies and prettify your goobers.

Kawaii Illustration Workshop
18.30–19.00 & 20.30–21.00
Artist and illustrator Sonia Leong will help you create your very own cute, childlike Chibi character. Make it Japanese, style it Lolita, the choice is yours.

Jewellery Making with Meow Box
19.15, 19.45, 20.15, 20.45
Tickets are available from the main Information Desk from 18.30
Join Meow Box and see what you can cook up by way of food-inspired jewellery. The theme tonight is cakes, a perfect complement to Lolita style frills, ribbons and lace.


Philomena Keet: Lolita – Stylish Rebel or Costumed Doll?
Author of the seminal Tokyo Look Book, Philomena Keet is a Tokyo-based anthropologist whose work centres on Harajuku and its associated Fruits and Tune magazines. Her talk places the Lolita look in the wider context of contemporary Japanese fashion and culture at the same time as offering a voyeuristic peep into the sartorial and social lives of its followers.

Q&A: Japanese Fashion Subcultures
Join us for a question and answer session about Japanese fashion subcultures and their global spread. Moderated by Rupert Faulkner of the V&A’s Asian Department, participants will include Harriet Hall, Philomena Keet, Pat Lyttle , Ada and Masami Yamada.

Kitty and the Bulldog Gallery Talks
19.00 & 20.00 (20 minutes)
Alternative interpretations by the V&A’s Pauline Le Moigne (19.00), co-curator of Kitty and the Bulldog, and Harriet Hall (20.00) of InStyle Magazine, who wrote her MA thesis on ‘Nostalgia, Innocence and Subversion: Kawaii and the Lolita Fashion Subculture in Japan’.

Lolita Influences Gallery Talk
19.00 (30 minutes)
Using the recently refurbished displays of the permanent dress collection, Jenny Lister of the V&A’s Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion will pick up on the themes of Kitty and the Bulldog and explore the creative exchange between Japanese and European dress over the last 150 years.


Kamikaze Girls (103 mins)
A must-see film adaptation of Novala Takemoto’s 2002 light novel Shimotsuma Monogatari (Shimotsuma Story), it charts the growing friendship between its two antithetical protagonists, the Baby The Stars Shine Bright clad Momoko Ryugasaki and the biker-gang gyaru Ichiko Shirayuri.

‘Realities of Fantasy’, by Francesco ‘Telegothika’ Calvano
19.00 & 20.00
Partake of a specially edited compilation from ‘Realities of Fantasy’, an entertaining exposition of Lolita culture in France and the UK seen through the eyes of the broadcast graduate and TV cameraman Francesco Calvano.

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