A great way to go about making your designs a little less stale or just a little more fancy is to go back to the source. We all know that Lolita is heavily influenced by historical fashion, especially Victorian and Rococo, so why not take cues from fashion plates and extant garments? I’ve gathered up a nice little list of galleries for your perusal, and I must say some of these dresses are just stunning. Enjoy!
The Manchester Art Gallery’s Online Gallery of Costume
The Kyoto Costume Institute
The Museum at FIT
A lovely collection of fashion plates on Flickr
The Met’s Costume Institute
The Fashion Plate Collection at the University of Washington