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 card games, Lolita photo shoots 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 the ever popular Lolita Bingo where you can try your luck and have a chance to win a prize!

The Lolita Fashion Show

We are also thrilled to announce the return of The Lolita Fashion Show! The Lolita Fashion Show showcases boutique designer made Lolita clothes modeled in different styles on the runway. We are looking for models and makeup artists for the fashion show!

Model Requirements

Models are expected to have a 2018 Otakorp membership.

Models MUST be available for rehearsal, styling and the show. Models will be emailed detailed times and locations for rehearsal, show and dressing room.

Models are expected to provide:

  • Hosiery(socks,tights, pantyhose)
  • Shoes
  • Camisoles
  • Blouses
  • Wigs
  • Eyeliner and Mascara

It is preferred that models either bring in their foundation or arrive with their base makeup done.

Fashion Show Model Application

Open: April 15, 2018, noon - Aug. 1, 2018, noon

Apply to be a model for the 2018 Lolita Fashion Show

Stylist Requirements

Stylist must have a 2018 Otakorp membership.

Stylists MUST be available for rehearsal, styling and the show. Stylists will be emailed detailed times and locations for rehearsal, show and dressing room.

Stylists are expected to bring product and tools.

Fashion Show Stylist Application

Open: April 15, 2018, noon - Aug. 1, 2018, noon

Apply to be a Stylist for the 2018 Lolita Fashion Show

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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MonsterEnvy is an alternative fashion and art brand. We specialize in Gothic, Pastel, and Classic Lolita. But, we also make anything from Cosplay costumes to anime style buttons and pins.

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The Bloody Tea Party

The Bloody Tea Party is a Lolita fashion brand that specializes in whimsical handmade creations, such as the original designs The Witch's Bonnet and Butterfly Winged dresses and boleros. You can commission your very own Witch's Bonnet to match that special coord today!

Photography by @LavenderBats

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Inspired by Japanese street fashion, decadent botanical gardens, influential women in history, and drag queens, Belladonna brings neo-victorian extravaganza eleganza to the runway! We cater to people of all sizes using our own custom prints and designs. Our clothing is made in the US by designers Michelle S. Ramon and Rachel M. Decker since our beginning in 2013.

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Puvithel is a alternative fashion designer based in Pittsburgh who has been making and designing original handmade jewelry  and accessories, clothing and handbags for J-fashion and alternative styles since 2015.

Puvithel is about unabashed, self-expression. Take your heart and put it on your sleeve -- literally. Puvithel spans many styles, including punk, gothic, lolita, and menhera, however regardless of style, Puvithel's items are loud, heavily inspired by the in-your-face aesthetic of American gothic fashion. Expression in the form of fashion can help people, and Puvithel tries to express that idea in each item. Every series has its own style and narrative to aid you in telling your own story!

Puvithel is bringing exciting looks from her new series to the Fashion Show!

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Lily of the Valley

Inspired by fairy tales, the golden age of illustration,  and the natural world; Lily of the Valley Designs creates clothing, accessories, and jewelry to match a variety of styles. Designer Tyler Hetherston references her interests in traditional needlework techniques, historical fashion, and in illustration and hagiographical art to create her designs.

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Lolita Fashion Show: Featured Models

Emma Devine

Emma Devine is a freelance model based in Washington, DC. A true jack-of-all-trades, Emma loves to work in a wide variety of styles ranging from cosplay to pin-up to Lolita, and everything in between. When not busy modeling, Emma can be found playing the ukulele, doing ballet or horseback riding.

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Mae Claire

Mae Claire is a Filipino-American actress, model, and singer based in Philadelphia, PA. She has done commercial work for Overwatch, Belif, Philadelphia Eagles, and Mae Claire has also been credited in several local TV/Film productions including ABM DigiFilm’s “Catwoman: Retribution”, She has done voice over work for audiobooks, animations, and indie video games such as Team Galanx's "Konstandin" and Illumination Cinema's "Another Day Colder".

Since 2013, Mae Claire has been internationally published as a model in several magazines such as KIRAMEKI and ELEGANT. She is currently is represented by CESD Talent Agency in the Model/Print Division.

Mae Claire is an avid fan of geek pop culture and its community. Heavily influenced by anime, comics, and video games, she has been invited as a cosplay guest to perform, host, and judge at several venues all over the East Coast including InochiCon, AnimeNext, CPAC, KotoriCon, and J1-CON on a voluntary basis.

Under the alias of KISA, she has been listed as a featured singer in DJ Kurono’s album “KUNOICHI STYLE” released on May 2013.


Alice in Lolitaland

Li-Li of Alice in Lolitaland is a J-fashion enthusiast, model, and blogger based in NYC. She loves lolita fashion and has modeled Japanese brands as well as indie brands in fashion shows. You may also recognize her as Pearlpeony on Instagram and as the cosplay model behind Xiao Li-Li Cosplay on Facebook.

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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 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.

Q: What are the hours of the Lolita Garden?

A: Friday and Saturday the hours are from 10AM to 10PM. Sunday is 10AM-2PM.

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!


All members are welcome to attend. Stop by, interact with fellow members and of course have fun! Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get closer to Otakon 2018!

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.