I am very excited to review and show off this new book – Pamela Klaffke‘s Hello, Cutie!: Adventures in Cute Culture. Why? Well, a few reasons… Though if you’re following my Instagram you may already know! ;)
Hello, Cutie! is an adorable book full of cute-culture information. For example, did you know cute culture pops up the most during recessions? Proof that when times are bad, cute to the rescue! There’s also history of some of your favorite cute loves like Strawberry Shortcake, amigurumi, Kewpie dolls, and more. She’s interviewed the leaders of online cute as well, like the founder of Cute Overload, Meg Frost, and the author of This Is Blythe, Gina Garan.
Here’s a snippet from the summary:
Pamela Klaffke, author of Spree: A Cultural History of Shoppingand herself an avid collector of cute since she was a child, takes readers on a rainbow-and-unicorn-filled journey through cute culture, from its origins in Japan where teenaged girls help drive the “cute” economy, to its modern-day manifestations in the bubblegum-coloured careers of performers like Katy Perry.
If you’re a cute-photography addict, you’ll love her photography as well – 70 full color photos of her vintage toy collection, taken with an analogue camera against vintage fabric, as well as many contributed photos from around the world.
Besides Pamela’s love affair with Blythe, Jun Planning dolls like Dal, vintage toys from around the world, and DIY, there’s one more thing in this book: me! Pamela interviewed me several months ago as a contributor for the book, and I staged a little shoot over the summer.
In her chapter titled, ‘Big in Japan’, I’m her resident lolita fashion expert, where you can read some of the interview I sent her. There are also two color photographs courtesy of my friend and photography, Kayla from Say Dolly – one of myself, and one of my wardrobe! (Thanks again Kayla – they look wonderful!)
So, down to the fun part – Pamela’s agent sent me two copies of Hello, Cutie! – one for myself to keep, and one to giveaway to a lucky reader of Parfait Doll!
See below for instructions on how to enter! (My first time using Rafflecopter, fingers crossed!)