Super Fans

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C. Stiles
The Gothic Lolita movement, originally born out of alternative rock fashion in Japan in the late 1990s, reappropriates elements of Victorian and Gothic fashion, often combining them with vibrant colors and elaborate designs. For many girls, enacting the themes of Gothic Lolita sweetness, innocence, hyper-femininity becomes a lifestyle.
What drives these otherwise ordinary people, these superfans, to cast off their mortal lives and slip into the realm of fantasy?