Manga Spotlight: Kitai Fuku Ga Aru - There Are Clothes I Want to Wear

Source:  KERA

Source: KERA

Kitai Fuku Ga Aru/着たい服がある by Tsuneki Netarou is a new manga published by Kodansha featuring a lolita as the main character. The title has been loosely translated as I Show My True Colors Shining Through or There Are Clothes I Want to Wear. Author and artist Netarou Tsuneki started publishing the first four pilot chapters on Twitter in 2018. The physical edition of volume 1 was released earlier this year and the series is currently on volume 3.

Summary: Mami is a college student seen as cool and mature woman, but in reality, she just wants to be seen as cute by wearing lolita fashion. After she graduates high school, Mami buys her first lolita dress. Now in college, she faces insecurities about her height and others’ opinions about herself. One day, a new co-worker appears in an eccentric outfit and inspires her to be more true to her real self.

What drew my attention to this manga was its realistic portrayal of the lolita fashion. A good number of the clothes the characters wear are based on real pieces. As seen in chapter one and the first volume’s cover, her dress is from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. The art style is also drawn nicely; his style is very clean and easy to look at, but also emphasizes the details of the clothing. The story delves into the subculture aspect of the fashion as well. Mami shows interest in lifestyle aspects such as attending tea parties, following the latest lolita updates through KERA, and participating in street snaps. She also has to deal with real lolita problems. Some of her challenges include being judged by her peers, knocking things over with her petticoat, dealing with harassment from strangers, and finding the self-confidence to wear lolita in public. Whether you’re new or old to lolita fashion, the start her journey into is a story many lolitas can relate to.

Volume 1’s cover features Mami wearing Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Dreaming Lace Bonnet and Dreaming Lace Onepiece Dress & Cape Set.

Volume 1’s cover features Mami wearing Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Dreaming Lace Bonnet and Dreaming Lace Onepiece Dress & Cape Set.

Back in February, KERA hosted a tea party celebrating the first volume’s publication. Tsuneki spoke about his work and a fashion show featured each brand that has appeared in the manga thus far: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Alice and the Pirates, Angelic Pretty Metamorphose, Queen Bee, and SouffleSong. Featured guest models included Midori Fukasawa, Misako Aoki, Kimura U, Sakurako Hoshina, and Yura. Read the report on KERA’s site!

Volume 3’s cover features Mami wearing Metamorphose’s Antique Rose Princess OP and Kaya wearing Angelic Pretty’s Girly Leopard OP and Girly Fur Beret.

Volume 3’s cover features Mami wearing Metamorphose’s Antique Rose Princess OP and Kaya wearing Angelic Pretty’s Girly Leopard OP and Girly Fur Beret.

New chapters are released digitally through Kodansha’s reader site D Morning. The latest chapter will be available to read for free for one week, but after that, a subscription will be needed to access past chapters. The digital subscription service is currently only available in Japan. Buying the physical copies through Amazon JP or another manga retailer is pretty straightforward though. The manga is currently only available in Japanese with no official English translation planned. The best way to keep up with the series is to follow Tsuneki-sensei’s social media. I would love to support an official translation and I hope Kodansha considers an international release because of how globally spread lolita fashion has become!

Follow Netarou Tsuneki

Twitter | Instagram

Buy the Manga

Amazon Japan: Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3

The Origin Story of Metamorphose Temps de Fille by Kuniko Kato

Magazine scans by  Lolita History .  Gothic and Lolita Bible volume 11, pages 102-103

Magazine scans by Lolita History. Gothic and Lolita Bible volume 11, pages 102-103

Velvet Translations Blog has translated an article written by Kuniko Kato the original designer of Metamorphose. The article was originally published in the Gothic and Lolita Bible volume 11 published in 2004. In this spread, Kato-san discusses the story of how she started Metamorphose covering the origin of the name, the brand’s timeline from 1993-2002, and how the brand started in Osaka.

Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Brand Story Translation by Velvet Translations Blog:

Brand Name Origin

The brand's official name is "Manefest Ange Metamorphose temps de fille". All together there isn't really much meaning (laugh) but I liked the meaning attached to each individual part. "Manifest ange" means "manifest angel", while "metamorphose" means "change" or "transform". I found it in a fashion lexicon dictionary, and the meanings resonated with me so I added it in. "Temps de fille" means "girls era"

Like overthrowing the fixed concepts of Lolita fashion, I want to embrace unpredictability!

Brand Story

I think there are many of those who wish to become designers who idolize the designers of their favorite brand. My situation was "and so, since I have to eat", so there weren't really any particular designers that I idolized. From about elementary school until high school I wanted to be a writer. I wrote short stories, and was involved in a play so I wrote the script for that too. However, during my high school years a band boom swept the world. I too started a band then, so I wanted that to continue forever. But the reality is that a band won't feed you, isn't it? At that time in order to keep doing things I loved, I felt I had to search for another source of income. Thus, if you are searching for a career, then it's fashion business or beautician. After that, since I like cooking perhaps a chef or something. However, it seemed difficult; beauticians' hands become rough and chapped, and their vacations are few. So I dismissed that idea (laughs). At the time, it was still difficult for women to make a career out of being a chef, so I gave up on that as well. So, by process of elimination, Fashion Business it was. The classes at the vocational school were at night, and the tuition was cheap. So I thought "this is it!" And moved forward.

New and old fans of Meta will surely love reading where the brand came from. Kato-san has always been admired in the EGL community for making unorthodox and plus size friendly designs. Metamorphose was one of the first Japanese brands to ship outside of Japan. Kato-san left Metamorphose in 2009 and started her own brand Physical Drop in 2010. You can read the full interview translation over at Velvet Translations Blog!