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'Round the World: Cult Party Kei

While I was attending the Harajuku fashion panel at SMASH!, they were discussing a style that I wasn't aware of: Cult Party Kei (as well as something called Magical Girl, but that's not what I'm talking about at the moment). I came in a little late so I didn't hear the whole talk.

Some describe Cult Party Kei as a style very similar to Dolly Kei but less of the Eastern European patterns and more solid and sheer fabrics. In both Dolly Kei and Cult Party Kei, there's lots of vintage clothing and layering. Personally, I think the difference is that Dolly Kei looks more like a matryoshka doll and Cult Party Kei looks like a rag doll.


Dolly Kei

Cult Party Kei

The style originally came from a store called 'Cult Party' but now 'The Virgin Mary' has taken over. 'Grimoire' also sells garments that could be incorporated into Cult Party kei. With Japanese fashion, it's a lot of mix and match and you can experiment. Excluding Lolita, most styles don't have a particular structure, require layering and are a little frumpy.

One person to look to for inspiration would be Manapyon. She's one of the more famous Cult Party Kei style icons.


So with Cult Party Kei, some of the aspects of the style you'll need to keep note of are: (ones in bold are very important)

  • Layering (very important!)
  • Vintage clothing
  • Muted and light colours
  • Chiffon (layers without a lot of bulk, so it's perfect for warmer weather)
  • Gingham
  • Red cross (it's not a necessity but it's one of the trends in cult party kei where clothes or totes have a red cross appliqué)
  • Robes 


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