It is so: Sometimes grown women in the 21st century like to dress up like grown women from the turn of the last century, all decked out in frilly, bell-shaped gowns and modest, lace-fringed blouses, with layered petticoats, satin hair bows, parasols, kneesocks and, oh, maybe a pink wig topped off with a hat shaped like a cupcake. And some 150 of those women adherents of the totally pulled-together Gothic Lolita style inspired by Japanese pop culture who are scat-tered throughout the Rocky Mountain region have banded together under the aegis of the Colorado Gothic Lolita Society, because, as Katie, a CGLS member, notes, its hard to find others like them here, lost as they are in a sea of commercialized conformity. Naturally, when Katie and her friends take to the streets, people cant help but notice them. Nobody doesnt have a reaction, she says. Some people just stare at us, but others come up and ask questions, as if its so strange that it somehow gives them license to. Theyll ask us things like, Are you in a play? Whats the occasion? Are you going to a costume party? Other folks are just plain rude and crude, she adds, and the most complimentary tend to be older women.
But its an innocent enough obsession, and to prove it to the world, theyre hosting A Modern Salon: Colorado Gothic Lolita Society, a free public event at the Fu Collective + Gallery that begins at 7 p.m. and includes a flock of Lolitas dressed to the nines (and happy to answer your questions), music to match by DJ Andrew Novick, a performance-art installation by Aurora-based Gothic Lolita designer J-Chan Designs, food, local artwork and more.