To be fair, i am not doing this or the kimono or sports gear to exploit any of their hobbies or beliefs, but it is an undeniable fact that in modern culture Loloita goth is very very much a part of young japanese society and deserves to be represented.
It really is nothingpersonal at all, so please don't misunderstand, and feel free not to buy the print, I will understand. Nonetheless, i will try to make it authentic within reason if it does win, and i am approved to do it...
Gothic lolita is actually out of fashion in Japan. You're a little late to hop on that bandwagon. If you wanted to represent young Japanese society, you'd be better off aiming for natural-kei, mori styles and gyaru.
My issue isn't actually that you'd use lolita. That's ok, as long as it's done right. But normally people exploit the fashion and draw fake outfits that are slutty, goth and covered in lace - something a lolita would never wear. My request to you would be to represent it right if you're going to do it or don't call it lolita. [link] can help.
I thank you very much, i will use this, and again, the people chose it.
The other style I could have used was another one that was played out which was the super suntanned and white lipstick. 'Yanaba' or 'Kangore' or soemthing like that.
Either way, i am sure it will be a first for Ibuki here.
LOL i just checked and googled your advices: that Gyaru is still in style?! That was the barbie doll look i meant.
I think the natural kei would work with Ibuki since she is neutral coloured. Might have to do three versions, though I still believe that based on this poll, even if that was a choice, i bet people would have still chosen Lilita Goth for the fact it is the most well known.
Regardless, i will diligently try to do it justice.
Gyaru is a blanket term for many different styles. Himegyaru [link] in particular is popular right now - but I can't imagine Ibuki in it, haha!! Yamanba/ganguro/that sort of gyaru with extreme makeup you mentioned is long out of fashion and hasn't really been worn since the 90s.
As long as you try to represent the fashion properly, as the modest and elegant thing it is, more power to you!