How to Identify Lolita Clothing

Mar 15, 2018

Have you ever see a dress you fell in love at first site with, but you don't know where it's from or where to begin looking for it? Fortunately, lolita fashion enthusiasts are really dedicated in preserving the fashion's history. This guide was written for the What is That Dress? (Lolita Fashion) group, but it can be used for all types of clothing and styles other than lolita. Other fashion styles may not be as well documented though. Follow these steps to start your search!

How to Find The Dress

  1. Search Lolibrary.
    Lolibrary is able to item names in their native languages. For example, if the time is from a Japanese brand, then the Japanese name can usually be searched.
  2. Use Google's reverse image search.
    Taobao has its own reverse image search: [GUIDE] Using Image Search on Taobao.
  3. Google Translate the item listing.
  4. Ask the owner/seller/person wearing the item if possible.
  5. If you know the brand, check their blogs and social media. Wayback Machine can be used to view old instances of websites.
    • On Google, you can use "site: keywords" to narrow down results.
    • Japanese brands will list the blogs on their main site. They usually have a blog for each separate physical shop. Blogs are usually on Ameblo, FC2, or Yaplog.
    • Chinese brands use Weibo.
    • Western brands usually use Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.
  6. Check printed publications if possible.
    It's a little easier if you have the physical copies, but if you don't various scans can be found at Lolita History and other magazine scanning sites. The most comprehensive books would be the Gothic & Lolita Bible and the specific brand's catalogues. KERA and other magazines are also helpful, but will require more searching. 
  7. If you have the name, but no stock image, other sites to check are Flickr, Photobucket, and Polyvore.

Requesting Help

If you still can't find the item, here are some tips for requesting help in the group.
  • Upload front and back pictures if possible.
  • Provide as much information as possible. The more specific you are, the more helpful it is.
    • When did you buy it?
    • Did you buy it secondhand?
    • What material is it?
    • Does it have any distinguishing features not apparent in photos?
    • Can you describe the elements in the print?
  • Link to the listing if possible.
  • If the item still has tags, snap a picture. Japanese brand tags usually include a product number on them.
  • Innocent World and Moi Meme Moitie items have item numbers printed on their care tags. 
  • Angelic Pretty tags used several different tags over time and they can be used to identify the general time period the item was released. Check out RaineDragon's Brand Tags post for specifics. 

If you've successfully identified the item, congratulations! Please consider adding it to Lolibrary yourself or you can provide the information to a Lolibrarian to add it for you. Lolibrary a non-profit organization that is always recruiting volunteer contributors. If you'd like to help with preserving lolita fashion history, please consider making a donation!

More Reasons to Hate Anime Matsuri and Shop in Wonderland Part 1

Mar 2, 2018

Continuing from the post I made in 2015, here are more reasons why you should not support Anime Matsuri. In case, you needed a refresher course: Anime Matsuri is an anime convention in Houston, TX owned and operated by President Deneice Phan Leigh and Director John Leigh. Running Anime Matsuri is Deneice and John’s full-time job and main source of income. The entirety of Anime Matsuri is built solely around them as individuals. Every business decision is ultimately made by John and Deneice. It is physically impossible to remove them from their positions since they are the sole owners. Staff members of Anime Matsuri have no say in the convention’s financial decisions since every department is micromanaged by John and Deneice. Since everything is micromanaged by John and Deneice, staff members are virtually useless and replaceable at any moment once they decide they have no use for you. Deneice and John will just find another thirsty weeaboo off the street to work for them. Deneice and John are liars, thieves, scammers, and manipulators to industry guests and even their own fans and “friends.” On top of that, there’s the sexual harassment, too, but I’m sure you’ve heard of that.

Shortly after I published my initial post and Chokelate had written her account, John retaliated with a blog post called “A Man in a Woman’s World Pt. 1” hosted on John did not own a blog, so he went out of his way to make one just to write his non-apology. I want to emphasize that I was only an attendee of the con and Chokelate was an official guest of the con and that neither of our accounts should be forgotten. John wrote that he considered me a friend, but if he was really my friend, he would not have manipulated my other friends (at the time) to kick me out of my own community because I disagreed with the community turning into an AM adspace. I was backstabbed by people I trusted. Then he had the gall to try bribing me into silence by offering me a staff position. The nerve of some people. I wish someone had warned me back then, so that’s why I’m warning others now.


Feb 16, 2018

Hello, 2018! Albeit it is February now, so this post is a bit late. January was hectic for me and I still have a lot of catching up from 2017 to post.

My first life update for you to read about is that I went to Japan for the first time during New Year's! I went for a week and a half, but it definitely wasn't enough time. I can't wait to go back. The blog post will probably be delayed since I still have a bunch of things from 2017 to write about. For now, I am slowly uploading a few pictures on Instagram and Twitter.

Second, you may have noticed I did not upload a wardrobe post for 2018. I usually start photographing in December, but since I was going to Japan, I knew I was going to buy more stuff (and I did). Then on my last few days, I caught a Japanese cold and that destroyed my willpower for the rest of January. I really thought the Japanese cold was just a cold, but it's so much worse. I don't understand why, but it is. Anime and J-drama aren't exaggerating about people dying from colds. Here's last year's wardrobe post as a consolidation.

As a result for missing the January wardrobe deadline, I'm thinking of a new blog series where I review every single item in my closet. It's basically a wardrobe post, but with more info. The idea came to me last year, but I have yet to implement the plan. I hope to provide detail pictures and measurements for everyone's viewing pleasure. Might as well share some information with the EGL community! Though it may take me a very long time to finish since I've got a lot of things.

Another goal I have for this year is to level up my photography. Though I've theoretically understood camera numbers for years, I feel like it's finally clicking in my head. Carrying around my DSLR instead of only using it at home has definitely accelerated my learning and I still have much to learn! I think applying as press for Oni-Con 2017 gave me a challenge. 2018 should be a rather creative year for me. I bought a new laptop, so my productivity should increase! I'm still getting accommodated to an HD monitor. Maybe I'll upload more videos to YouTube? I had to stop because my old laptop couldn't handle editing software. It shouldn't be an issue now with new equipment. I actually prefer photography over video, so I'll focus on photography more. I want to branch out from lolita fashion and start shooting cosplay, but I don't know that many cosplayers, so maybe I'll have to start with anime figure photography.

To kick off the new creative streak, I took new headshots. All of my profile pictures were outdated, so it was time to freshen up my face. There's no full coordinate shot for this because I was just wearing pajama pants.

That's it for the mini life update. I need to finish typing blog posts for last year and get them posted. This includes several J-rock concerts, A-Kon, Oni-Con, and a few other meetups. Thank you for reading!

Moi-même-Moitié US Debut! Mana Returns to Sakura-Con

Jan 29, 2018

FAKE STAR, USA presents the US debut for the Elegant Gothic Lolita & Elegant Gothic Aristocrat brand Moi-même-Moitié at Sakura-Con 2018 in Seattle, WA. Mana himself will be a guest of the convention as the producer for his fashion brand.

Mana’s last US appearance was in 2012 at Sakura-Con with his band Moi dix Mois.

Moi-même-Moitié will host a pop-up boutique, fashion show, and tea party at the convention. The pop-up boutique will also feature items from Wunderwelt, the Japanese online retailer and parent company of Moi-même-Moitié.
Mana will be participating in autograph sessions and a panel at Sakura-Con.

More information regarding the tea party, model applications, and schedule details will be released at a later time.

Sakura-Con will be held March 30-April 1, 2018 at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle. Sakura-Con is the largest anime and Japanese culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Presented by Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association (ANCEA), Sakura-Con celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

Follow Sakura-Con, Moitie, Wunderwelt, and FAKE STAR, USA for the latest news and updates.
Sakura-Con: OHP | Twitter | Facebook
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