Monday, 21 April 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Kinderwhore

The full Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion can be found here.

Country of origin


Gender balance
Female only, or female identifying.

A grungy look with an almost oxymoronic blend of innocence and worldliness. Kinderwhore is about baby doll dresses and torn stockings, Mary-Janes and smeared lipstick. The look is very strongly connect to certain aspects of the feminist movement: of women 'owning' their sexuality, breaking the false dichotomy of slut/virgin by appropriating aspects of both (gee, I'm starting to sound like an academic...)


Kinderwhore is dark and sexualised and unashamedly so. Peter Pan collars, floral dresses and long socks are always paired with smudged makeup, heavy boots and an attitude. Hair is often bleached blonde. The attitude is as important as the look, as this subculture is all about rebellion and being pissed off.


Kinderwhore is sometimes said to have spawned style known as kindergoth, but there is little information available.

Style icons
The first name that springs to mind is, of course, Ms Courtney Love. The Hole frontlady was a pioneer of the kinderwhore look.


Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland is the other queen of kinderwhore. There is some debate over who was 'first', Bjelland or Love, but that doesn't really matter... 


Fashion inspiration in popular culture
Dolores Haze, the original Lolita, is a great example of the kinderwhore psyche. Her portrayal by Dominique Swain in Stanley Kubrik's movie adaptation also demonstrates the look.

A slightly modified Wednesday Addams (the older one) could also do the trick.


Further reading and resources
And just for the lulz:



  1. Oooh, thanks for the link. This is one of my favourite styles around! I have a new baby-doll floral dress in the mail that I'm hoping to make a kinderwhore outfit post with! I can't wait. :3

    1. I thought you might like this post :3


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