“Wa Loli” is not the only Asian Lolita fashion. The fashion lifestyle of fusing Lolita fashion with native dresses has been growing in China and now has a large number of cosplayers.
Chinese Lolita “Qi Lolita”
This dress has a stand, wide collar design to button up with ornamental buttons from the collar to the armpit and slits from the waist, there are also frills and a balloon skirt as a feature of mandarin gowns. All of them make one to feel girlish and pretty. The fusion of Mandarin gowns and Lolita has since been called “Qi Lolita “in Lolita fashion. “Qi” is from Quipao (mandarin gown)
(Also sometimes spelt as “Ci Lolita” )
Today, I want to introduce “Chinese Lolita fashion”
There is no exact name for Chinese Lolita in Japan yet.
At least, please do not call it “Qii loli” or “Qi loli”. Qi is from qi pao. But Qi Pao is labeled as “Chinese dress” or “China clothes” in Japan. So they don’t think Qi is part of “Qi pao” from Qii loli.
Also, “Qi loli “means worm for fishing. If “Qi loli” becomes the standard term then searching for it on the internet will be hell.
I can call them Chinese Lolita and China Loli, but after considering the relation with “Wa loli” and “Wa Goth”, I have decided to call them “Ka Loli” and “Ka Goth”
What is “Wa loli”? Please visit the link below for more information.
Kawaii Styles are made from “Japanese traditional clothes and Lolita.”
“Wa loli” and “Wa Goth” world
he affinity of mandarin gowns and Lolita
The fusion of mandarin gowns and Lolita seems to be more acceptable than basic Kimono and Lolita.
Originally, Mandarin gowns were a fusion of qipao and a western style sense of values. They already have a sense of half western and half Chinese.
That is why mandarin gowns have a strong affinity for western clothes in the first place.
“Wa Loli” is Kawaii through the harmonization of Japanese and Western styles. On the other hand, “Ka Loli” has been following the Kawaii of mandarin gowns which are made similar to western clothes.
She has adopted the “Ka Loli” look so well that I can’t tell which part is Chinese style at first sight.
Standing collars is a key feature of mandarin gowns, yet at same time, often they can be seen on Victorian shirts.
It is very interesting that western shirts and mandarin gowns have similar collars to prevent the cold.
Using Chinese patterns on part of bustier dress matches well.
Chinese Economic growth and nationalism Subculture and restoration of tradition
China The growth of Cosplay culture and nationalism.
Although China is known as being strongly anti-Japanese, the private citizens, especially young people are quite interested in Japanese culture.
Unique styles of clothes such as cosplay is a prime example.
Not only do they make cosplay costumes yet there are a large number of cosplayers are in China today.
With economic growth, nationalism also rises. Yet it seems that they have looked over their own culture again.
That said, they have been trying to rise their profile to attract world interest to their culture.
After all, throughout backgrounds of generations, it’s no wonder that Lolita all over the world including china fuse “Qipao” and “Lolita” as an identity of Chinese tradition.
Why mandarin gowns are selected?
As previously mentioned, mandarin gowns are the basement of “Ka loli.” Mandarin gowns have roots with “clothes of other races” for example the Han people which are the largest population in China.
Although the native clothes of the Han is “Hanfu”, they don’t have any affinity with “ka loli” (there are some Hanfu which is made in a modern style through decoration and materials,
This means Han cutler has been out of fashion.
Today, some people love to wear Hanfu as a means of Hanfu restoration. They have been pursuing and reproducing the atmosphere of a dynasty. They don’t want to change the Hanfu design.
for your information：
http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2135290553997080601 source: extinction of Shozoku costume : Han traditional costume “Hanfu” for today.
Since it had at a time become obsolete, it is hard to imagine that Hanfu came from China.
That is why the fusion of Hanfu and Lolita is different to the fusion of China and Lolita.
It is pointless to mix dresses of Chinese dynasty, which is known only by a few people, with different things. Furthermore, there are some Hanfu which looks very similar to Kimono as well. They might look “Wa Loli”
This dress looks a little Hanfu.
Mixed feelings regarding mandarin gowns. “New Chinese fashion” by Ka loli.
Mandarin gowns are beautiful and sexy enough without any collaboration of Lolita fashion. They have perfect standing collars, tight-fitting designs to make your body line look beautiful and sexy, are with slits and are also made with gorgeously blight colored fabrics. If you don’t have any bias or previous knowledge, they are very attractive clothes. However, Mandarin gowns are not the traditional clothes of Hun and China. Han traditional clothes, the Hanfu, has become obsolete over time.
Today, dresses labeled as a “mandarin gown” is usually made as one of the jianzhou Jurchen tribe dresses with a western value. The Jianzhou Jurchen tribe was in charge of “the Qing dynasty” which was the last imperial dynasty of China.
Original Mandarin gowns were made of lots of gorgeous fabrics which were classy and continental, also they were made loose to make a women’s body look larger.
Historical insults and the lining of dresses
Basically, until recently, China had been heavily insulted and under control of western powers and Japan since the 19th century.
In that age, sexy Oriental dresses which were seen as flattering and full of sex appeal were made as a compromise between traditional clothes and western culture. When you look for “ethnic history” and “tradition” on Mandarin gowns, you can’t ignore images of “flattering”, “alluring”, “an influx of western values” and of “being invaded and oppressed”.
The essay below indicates that Women who wear mandarin gowns are portrayed as a sex symbol in invaded Shanghai in the movies.
Prejudice against Mandarin gowns
Since Mandarin gowns are recognized as formal dresses in China, their design has been improved to stay classy.
However, unfortunately, Mandarin gowns have been seen as a sex symbol since people seem to be stuck on stereotypes.
Especially for Chinese women, there is a possibility to be seen as a sex symbol even if they just want to wear their Chinese native dress. It is hard to express Chinese style without exuding sexual appeal, which is something that they don’t like.
“Ka loli” The little evolution of dresses and accessories
By the way, Lolita fans have some kind of instinct to pursue their cuteness, elegance and beauty more than trying to be sexy.
The same can be said for China. It is very interesting that many Lolita in China get rid of “showing legs from slits” and “showing body lines” on mandarin gowns.
They try to hide the body line of the lower half of their body by wearing Hoop skirts and by getting rid of the slit skirt altogether.
Also, they totally throw away the factor of sex appeal with mandarin gowns by wearing sock tights as Lolita do.
“Ka loli” removed images of “flattering” and “sex appeal of mandarin gowns”, it also made a success in the way to wear dresses which remind people of Chinese traditions without using sex appeal. They match well with values of young people and Chinese traditions.
hey are classy, neat and clean, and elegant. “Ka loli” has a perfect beauty as if they are native dresses from a new generation.
There is no image of “flattering” of which mandarin gowns used to symbolize, also there is a kind of nationalism among young people in China. They are proud that they are continuing their traditions whilst at the same time, they can enjoy their own identity by dressing so.
“ka loli” world
I have been talking a lot about “Ka loli”. So let’s check out some real “Ka loli”.
Whatever they are, we can’t deny these cute things.
Strong images for a main color of mandarin gowns might be red. It is not because lots of mandarin gowns were red in that era. It is because people who wore mandarin gowns at weddings increased, which means red is the color for weddings and in an event of congratulations. That is why there are many red mandarin gowns.
Bright red color Lolita. It looks like a typical Mandarin gown.
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If China at the end of the Qing dynasty made a success of modernization and westernization, I think the girl who looks like this might walk through the street at that time of China.
“Ka loli” in the world
I have been talking about Lolita only in China thus far. However, not only Chinese people wear “Ka loli”, but also people all around the world wear the fashion thinking of SINOADORE. Perhaps it might become popular in Japan in the future.
Many people in the western countries don’t strictly distinguish “Ka loli” from “Wa loli”. Sometimes they call Lolita with a kimono “Qi Lolita”, and they also call Lolita with a mandarin collar “Wa loli”
From a Japanese view, it is Chinese fashion, on the other hand, it is a unique fashion style for Chinese. However, from a western view, all styles are grouped together as “Asian”.
Prospect of “Ka loli”
“Ka loli” is the embodiment of Chinese Kawaii fashion. With support it might be more high level in the future.
Someday, the details of the designs might be adopted by Japan and other world clothing brands.