Thank you so much for inquiring me about this! There are a lot of questions people have brought up on the original post and I wish I could name all of the problematics, so I really appreciate me when you come to me and ask personally! And don’t worry hihi you’re super polite and I get that you’re confused, I’m not offended in the least. ; /// ;
I’ll try to make it simple and understandable, I’m not too good with words but basically;
Sweet lolita is a japanese street style that started in the 70’s. Meaning, it’s modern, it holds no traditional value, it’s pop culture that is meant to be spread and japanese jfashionistas are constantly trying to spread the word of sweet lolita and other modern, japanese street styles. Sweet lolita or, in general, the entire lolita aesthetic is also based off victorian, regency and retro clothing, especially victorian childrens clothing. These are all styles that spawned in the west - so the japanese are, in fact, drawing inspiration from us, making it into a street style that holds no traditional or religious or ancient values, and then people of all other races and ethnicities join in. So basically, when I wear sweet lolita, I’m merely making a fashion statement that holds no traditional, cultural or religious values, especially because sweet lolita spawned in the 70’s and is modern. This is what we can call culture appreciation.
Katy Perry dressing up as a ”geisha” wearing a ”kimono” is an entirely different matter. Katy Perry is a white, powerful woman, dressing up as something that in no way belongs to her own culture. Neither geishas or kimonos are modern, cute street styles - they’re both elements of Japans native, traditional cultures and they’ve been around for centuries. Katy Perry steals the traditional garbs and the role of a native japanese entertainer because she wants to seem edgy, she wants to seem innovative, and because Katy Perry is a disturbing japanophile that. ”I’m so obsessed with you I want to skin you and wear you like Versace!” Thats her own words. She literally views Japan and Japanese people as something for her to wear as an accessory.
Whats worse about the whole kimono-ordeal is the fact that it’s not even a proper kimono. The darn thing wasn’t sexy enough for her. Heres Katy Perry in her terrible ”kimono”, heres what kimonos actually look like. Notice how the traditional, cultural kimonos are covering and the only thing visible to you is face, hands and neck. Katy Perry sexualized the culture of oppressed people, she stole their traditional garment, made a cutout in the front for her cleavage, slits up the sides for her delectable legs, and threw in some korean, chinese and vietnamese influence while at it, because ”all asians look the same and theres no difference between their cultures, right???”
So basically, when Katy Perry wears a ”kimono” and tries to pass it off as a kimono, she isn’t making a fashion statement, she is directly stealing from another culture, sexualizing their traditions, throwing asians into one category and on top of it all, enforcing the idea that all japanese women are submissive little pets by singing the song ”Unconditionally” while she’s at it. This is called cultural appropriation.
TLDR:Me wearing sweet lolita is just me wearing a modern fashion that spawned in the 70’s that holds no cultural, traditional or religious values. Katy Perry wearing a sexualized kimono is a white, powerful woman turning the traditions and values of oppressed people into something sexy and costumey.
Ahh sorry oh my gosh that turned into such a long rant! ; __ ; I hope I made myself clear and I really get it if you think it’s all very confusing, but I’m super glad that you actually took your time to ask about it, thats a great mindset and I wish more people did what you’ve done, so thank you!