Lolita Garden

Lolita is a popular fashion substyle which started in Japan heavily influenced by Victorian, Edwardian and Rococo eras. Essential elements of a lolita outfit are one pieces, jumper skirts, blouses, lace, frills, ribbons and a fine attention to detail.  The Lolita lifestyle doesn’t stop at fashion and there are many activities they partake in. Otakon now has a place for these long admired fashion lovers.

The Lolita Garden is where Lolitas and fashionistas can come relax, socialize and have fun. Lolita Garden attendees can look forward to Lolita photo shoots, card games, and solo concertos. Members can also look forward to the Lolita Swap Meet where you bring your lolita items and swap them for other items. No items are to be purchased or sold. Only swapped.  At night, we will be playing Lolita Bingo where you can try your luck and have a chance to win a prize!

We are also thrilled to announce The Lolita Fashion Show! The Lolita Fashion Show showcases boutique designer made Lolita clothes modeled in different styles on the runway.  The Lolita Fashion Show will be held in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom on August 12 at 5:00 PM. Doors open at 4:30 for seating. No flash photography or videography is allowed.

All members are welcome to attend.  Stop by, interact with fellow members and of course have fun!

Lolita Fashion Show: Featured Designers


A. Gato Designs

A. Gato Designs is a J-fashion inspired clothing line run by designer Paulina A. Gato. Based in Washington, DC her focus on high quality, handmade looks, customized to each individual. Gato provides comfortable design and impeccable quality in a wide variety of styles and sizes.

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Puvithel makes and designs handmade jewelry and accessories, clothing and handbags for J-fashion and alternative styles, with a focus on American Gothic, punk, and lolita fashions. Her motifs include detail work, over-the-top gothic designs, vector and laser cut work. Step into a realm of dark fairy tales with Puvithel's eclectic collections. 

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StrawberryPaperDoll is a brand that strives to bring a touch of whimsy and flourish to every look. Ranging from pieces with lots of beading to detailed designs with touches of historical reference. Her one of a kind designs are made to be fitting for the discerning eye and well tailored to make sure they last a lifetime. Often referred to as heirloom quality she focuses on durability to match the beauty of each look and hopes that you too can enjoy her designs.



MonsterEnvy is a brand that supports expression of alternative lifestyles in the black community that is inspired by Japanese Lolita, gothic, and punk fashion.

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Lolita Garden F.A.Q.

Q: What is the Lolita Garden? Is it only open for a couple of hours?

A; The Lolita Garden is a lovely decorated room where Lolitas can gather together and have fun. The Lolita Garden will be open all through Otakon weekend and you can stop by anytime from 10AM-10PM, Friday and Saturday and from 10AM-2PM on Sunday. The only time during the day when we are closed is from 3PM-6PM on Saturday.

Q: What are the hours of the Lolita Garden?

A: Friday and Saturday the hours are from 10AM to 10PM. Sunday is 10AM-2PM. The only time the Lolita Garden will be closed is 3PM-6PM on Saturday while we are preparing for the Fashion Show.

Q: I’m not a lolita. Am I still allowed to come visit?

A: Absolutely! All Otakon members are welcome to the Lolita Garden.

Q: Will you be serving food or beverages?

A: No. Crabby had quite the midnight snack. After catching him red clawed, Crabby told us that our friends in the Maid Cafe had some tea.  We encourage you to visit them.

Q: Can you expand on the card games?

A: We will have multiple types of card games to appeal to many people from lolita groups to our more shy members. Card games be held from 1-2 hours depending on session. Members will have a 2 minute wrap up call before cards are collected at the end of a session. Gambling is not allowed.

Q: Are the Lolita photoshoots free of charge?

A: Yes, our photos are free of charge and they will be sent digitally to you after con via email.

Q: Are the photoshoots only for lolitas?

A: Yes. The lighting and backdrops are specifically catered to the lolitas. However, we encourage you to visit the Photosuite if you want to get fantastic photos of your cosplay.

Q: What is the Lolita Swap Meet?

A: Lolita fashion can be get pricey so it’s a big thing for lolitas to swap different items. Only lolita items can be swapped at our swap meets and everything is free. Nothing will be bought or sold.

Q:  Is there really going to be Lolita Bingo?

A: Yes, there is. Otakon members can win prizes. We even wrangled the cheesiest of hosts for you, our lovely members. Come to the garden and try your luck!


Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get closer to Otakon 2017.

All rules of Otakon, The Marriott Marquis, The Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Washington D.C.  apply in the Lolita Garden.

No sales may take place in the Lolita Garden.