Marie Antoinettes and Other Rococo Craziness at Royal/T
Click on the photos for the Rococo Rendezvous slideshow.
So I went to Rococo Rendezvous at the maid cafe Royal/T in Culver City a couple nights ago. There was a lot of this action going on. The whole Rococo thing is a subset of the multi-faceted Japanese cosplay subculture, in which girls and girly boys dress up in the manner of Marie Antoinette and Louis XV (or maybe XIV? Or XVI?). You know, elaborate, puffy, bejeweled, beflowered pastel wigs and kabuki-white makeup. Enough frilly frothiness to power a thousand candy factories.
On the left is Camille Vergara. On the right, Mandy Ma. They are the editrixes of Zippercut, an alternative fashion blog/community/thingie. They look like flighty little socialites, right? But don't be fooled. Camille is a biochemist at Amgen. Mandy is a chemical engineer at Neutrogena. I kid you not! And they're both nice. Life is just not fair. Camille says she is not a Rococo specialist per se, merely enjoys the occasional fluffy dress and extravagant outfit. Ditto for Mandy. Both are cosplay veterans.
I urge you to take a look at the photos I shot from the evening, many of which are even in focus. The Japanese maid waitresses were more than happy to hold my Diet Coke ("Yes! Yes! Yes! Sure. Sure. Sure," they'd say) each time I had to put the glass down to take a picture.