Dolly-kei has been pretty well documented so far on the internet, and now there’s a new doll on the (vintage) block – Grimoire Almadel (I think a little background is in order here; an almadel is, according to the ‘pedia, a “wax tablet with protective symbols drawn on it” – the more you know!).
Essentially Grimoire on a larger scale, and if you’ve been lucky enough to visit you’ll know first-hand just how tiny this outpost of antiquated fashion is, Almadel takes the Grimoire core themes of baroque, antique and opulent fashion & lifestyle and runs with it! We’re talking ships, fake grapes and more patterned skirts than you can shake a stick at. I think it’s interesting to note that they’ve also expanded the selection of original products and brands – in the realms of such niche subcultures, I always think it’s important to have more accessible items available to connect with a wider audience. I may not have the funds or interest in building a whole dolly-kei wardrobe, but by picking a small item or two, it allows me to buy into a little part of that world that would have been off-limits otherwise.
Enough of my yakking – let’s get on to the good stuff…
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Yo ho ho! And a bottle of rum…?
This is exactly what makes the Japanese vintage shopping experience so exciting – every detail is just perfect and in tune with image as a whole.
A charming display from Rathiel du Dolly.
R for Rebecca. Obviously.
Skulls! Books! Vintage!
I think should give all dolly-kei fans some real food for thought, and some quality inspiration. I know I’m itching to cover Telephone Towers in ivy! I can’t wait to pop along to Almadel as soon as possible – who’s with me?