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Summertime Swing by Seitou Summertime Swing by Seitou
I was going to wait a bit before uploading this, but I changed my mind :meow:

For some reason, the '20s through the '40s are starting to be a major influence for me. I blame the music. I've been listening to far too much swing and blues music lately... as you can probably tell... >3>

But... yay for more retro Lolita fashion? The Rococo and Victorian aesthetics are great and all, but pretty much everything I see on brand Lolita sites is starting to look the same; no one seems interested in pulling from other influences-- like the '20s! The Roaring '20s might not seem the ideal era to pull influences from, but this period lends itself surprisingly well to Lolita fashion. I love the idea of utilizing elaborate beading, chiffon ruffles, and more flamboyant accesories (please excuse the poorly drawn sunflowers ;_; ).

On another note... I don't actually recommend swing dancing while wearing Lolita.



Dahlia ~Seitou
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:iconomegajennerz88:
OmegaJennerz88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're color palettes are always so vibrant and amazing. <3
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
The dress is so so beautiful!!! Oh if this would be produced I totally would buy it! Amazing work!
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Frills-Of-Justice Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your art and designs are amazing and origional! I wish Lolita brands would take some inspiration from you - because I'd love one of your dresses!
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DecembersDemon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
you made a dress with sunflowers.
your face should be on a coin somewhere.
:]]
mostly kidding about the coin thing, because that would be creepy. buuut sunflowers are fanfreakingtastic.
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intended-ice Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Cute! :) Love the movement as always~
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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albaoaurora Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student General Artist
This design is stunning. Really, I can't stop staring! 20s - 40s music is quite amazing, and so are designs! I'm really happy to know that this piece was based off of that. I would wear that. I would sooooo wear that. I wonder.... if I could make clothes (I can't, ah ha), would you give me permission to make this dress and wear it, just for myself? Of course, crediting you.
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D Yes, I don't mind if people want to make my clothing designs, just as long as they're not selling anything, lol.
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albaoaurora Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, yay! Thank you! If I make a dress based off of your beautiful designs, I'll show you. I promise I will not sell anything!
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shizaforn Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
its okay. I know how you feel. I actually need to find some good swing/jazz/blues music. lmao. and I need to learn to swing!

and you're right. there does need to be more veriaty and the '20s was such a great decade! :O I love the gangster style for guys and flapper style for the ladies. :P

also. very nice picture! :P
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When it comes to swing, nothing beats Benny Goodman :w00t:

And thanks :D
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shizaforn Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
np. :]

and thanks for the tip. :P
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inkscribble Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
That is a DAMN gorgeous dress! :love:
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :aww:
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ulo-ah Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Cutest dress~ and i like the color choice here. do you pick out colors first and test them or, just make it up and change as you go? :3
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D I always save coloring for last, so normally try out several different color schemes and change them as I go along.
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katebrezzy Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Oooh I love the beading, I can imagine it would make a lovely sound when worn. This is a gorgeous design, and definitely more wearable than most of the stuff on brand websites.
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D Yeah, some of the stuff on the brand sites is just so over-the-top @__@;; And very little of it is practical for the spring and summer...
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holzy Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
This is adorable

I totally agree about the pulling influences thing. I would be all over some lolita fashion if the outfits found ways to take influences from Josephine Baker (:heart:). Huge feathers, lots of lace, layers of pearls. Just without all of the chest exposure, hah hah hah. I think classical lolita could take to the 1920's very well.
The 1940's and 30's might be the hardest to mix, since they went so far away from frills, but the music IS awesome
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D The '30s and '40s could work, but the clothes back then were kind of toned-down, so they'd probably be better influences for a casual lolita. Though they had some really cute hats in the '30s and '40s :meow:
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anime-freak64 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Hahah, this is amazing!
I love the colors :D
Wonderful job :clap:
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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anime-freak64 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Very Welcome!
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paradoxataur Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Dude, that era is good for so much more than people give it credit for. Usually people are just like "Flappers. Prohibition. Gangsters. Depression." and call it good, without really looking at all. Such a sad, sad story!
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know! The early 20th century is always stereotyped so badly D:
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paradoxataur Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
It's up to us to fix this cruel injustice to history! /clench
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jam1220 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
sweet design
5 star
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Cmlintu Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
*sigh*
Your art always makes me happy :heart:
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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ZoeyHuerta Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The pose and textures are beautiful!
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Seitou Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :aww:
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