Greetings from Bath, England, where I’m currently attending the fifteenth annual Jane Austen Festival, on the two-hundredth-year anniversary of both the publication of Emma and the Battle of Waterloo, in an attempt to probe the outer limits of my own deep fondness for Austen’s oeuvre. Yes, I am dressing up.
Cold comfort, perhaps, but this should make you feel slightly better: At least you aren't struggling through this winter weather in Gilded Age costume.
While the Gothic Lolita trend has been big in Japan for years (there are magazines dedicated to the style), it has recently been gaining traction on this side of the Pacific, and, on Sunday, the with a penchant for "Victorian children's wear, the French Rococo period, goth-inspired darkness and Japanese anime."…