Designer: Aya Nimura
Victorian Maiden, the Japanese women’s clothing brand, was founded in 1999. The brand sells elegant, exquisite Victorian Era style clothing for modern women who value beauty and intelligence. Their most popular items are their rose printed and floral themed garments, like the "Rococo Bouquet" series. Victorian Maiden has also created popular items from their own original printed fabric, such as the "Regimental Stripe” series. Their clothing is known both in Japan and internationally as “Classic Lolita” style.
Victorian Maiden redefines elegance with their modern take on classic Victorian designs. Their clothing is innovative because, unlike many other Lolita Fashion brands, it’s toned down enough to be worn on almost any formal occasion. Their designs don’t scream “Lolita,” while managing to retain traditional Lolita silhouettes. These qualities make Victorian Maiden’s designs appeal more widely to women of all ages and tastes.
Victorian maiden will be holding a Fashion Show on Saturday where they will showcase their most current collection. Designer Aya Nimura will be participating in the Lolita Tea Party on Sunday as Guest of Honour.
AKIRA is a Japanese boy style model, singer-songwriter, and actress. After attending the Avex Artist Academy as a scholarship student, she debuted in her first band, "AKIRA with Tetra Haze", when she was 20 years old. She began her career as a model for the J-Fashion magazine KERA in 2007, and appeared in numerous issues, mainly in the boy style section. She made her major debut as a solo artist in 2014 from Sony Music with the single "Aoki Tsuki Michite", which became the ending theme of the hit anime series "Black Butler: Book of Circus". She is also the vocalist of visual-kei band DISACODE, who have released three albums to date. She has also appeared in various stage plays, with her most notable role being Kuran Kagame from Vampire Knight. This is AKIRA's first time coming to Toronto! She will be appearing in the Anime North Fashion Show, at the Anime North Lolita Fashion Tea Party, as well as at the Q&A and autograph sessions. There is going to be a small live performance by AKIRA as well so stay tuned for more details!