Anime Expo 2012 Puts The Focus On Fashion With Lolita Designer Cyril Lumboy As An Official Guest Of Honor

May 18th 2012
LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2012) – Anime Expo, North America's largest anime, manga and Japanese pop culture celebration, announces its first AX Fashion Guest of Honor, Cyril Lumboy, as it brings the best in Japanese-inspired fashion to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012. Known to fans of Lolita fashion throughout the world as dolldelight, Ms. Lumboy's designs will take center stage in an Asian Street Fashion Show on Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m.

“Japanese fashion and particularly the styles born in Tokyo's Harajuku district have become powerful design influences around the world,” said Marc Perez, CEO of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the non-profit that produces Anime Expo. “With Cyril Lumboy and other popular designers to be announced, Anime Expo will be the place to see and shop for the most up-to-the-minute Japanese-inspired street styles.”

Working out of her home city of Manila, the Phillipines-born Cyril Lumboy developed her custom line, inspired by Harajuku street fashion, drawing from a broad range of Lolita subsets. She launched dolldesign four years ago creating headpieces and quickly expanded the brand to include a line of custom dresses. Now U.S. based, she has received accolades for her progressive work that incorporate Sweet, Gothic, Punk and other aesthetics. Lumboy is also recognized for her artistry in mixing prints in her dolldelight designs.

In addition to staging the dolldelight fashion show, the designer will also participate in a panel on Saturday, June 30 to discuss her creative process and how she built her brand through online social networks and live fashion shows. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/dolldelightpage

Cyril Lumboy joins the previously announced Anime Expo 2012 line-up that includes anime-inspired heavy metal band ANIMETAL USA, Culture Japan's Danny Choo, popular voice actors Jamie Marchi and Steve Blum, and Japanese pop star LiSA.

About Anime Expo
Now in its 21st year, Anime Expo is North America's largest celebration of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture. Anime Expo gives fans the rare opportunity to meet and hear from some of the most famous anime, manga, musical, game and fashion artists from Japan. AX 2012 will feature an exciting schedule of exclusive screenings; artists' panels; live concerts; cosplay, dance parties, karaoke and video competitions; non-stop video gaming and unsurpassed shopping from more than 300 vendors. AX 2012 takes place June 29 – July 2, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register or for more information, please visit www.anime-expo.org. Connect with Anime Expo on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property, Anime Expo®. For more information, please visit spja.org.

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