Monday, 29 February 2016

Review: Écailles de Lune "Shadow Garden" JSK

Today I’ll be reviewing Écailles de Lune’s latest offering: the Shadow Garden JSK, a lovely cage dress that could be styled in either gothic or classic. I purchased the black version, since the ivory sadly wasn't available for overseas customers...although I haven't actually seen any Chinese lolitas with the ivory version, so maybe they never released it at all. I paid 699 RMB/$144 CDN total.


  •  November: Placed reservation through TaobaoFocus
  • January 23: Dress shipped out by TaobaoFocus
  • January 28: Dress arrived in Canada (!)
Don’t quote me on this, but I believe that Dark Box, Écailles de Lune, and Krad Lanrete are all sister brands. Given Krad Lanrete’s reputation for less-than-stellar customer service these days, I was a little bit concerned. Thankfully, everything went according to schedule and the turnaround time was very reasonable. So, onto the fun part of the review!

The dress comes in three separate pieces: JSK, underskirt, and cage. The JSK is made of lightweight polyester chiffon with a glittery ivory polyester lining and an asymmetric hemline. I was a little surprised at how delicate and sheer the dress is – actually, it’s a bit too sheer for my liking. The fabric has a slightly crinkled texture with a dark webbed pattern. 

It doesn’t photograph well, but I tried to show how the glitter in the lining sparkles through the sheer chiffon and allows the webbed pattern to show. It’s lovely and subtle in person. I can’t get over how gorgeous the fabric is. I love how it looks like shadowy tree limbs or veins. In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of gothic lolita is the use of texture, since everything is usually black. 

The cage attaches to the JSK with two buttons and ties in the back, and the actual cage portion only wraps around the front. It’s made of the same textured fabric, just without the glittery lining obviously. I wish the cage went all the way around, but the half-cage still looks pretty. There are decorative silver crosses and grosgrain ribbon bows on the cage.The underskirt has the same lining as the JSK, with tiered ruffles around the front and sides. The elastic waist is very comfortable.

Everything is sewn properly with straight seams, no loose threads, and no bobbin vomit. I didn’t take many photos of the inside of the dress because I didn’t find anything worth mentioning except for one slightly messy part inside the bodice – granted, you won’t ever see this part unless you’re separating the bodice from its lining, so it doesn’t  matter.

I’d also like to mention that the sizing is pretty accurate to the measurement given, and the JSK has no give to it – the only elastic part is in the underskirt.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with the quality of materials, solid construction, and attention to detail, given the low price point. My only gripe is that the material is a little bit on the sheer side for my tastes, but I think that was a conscious aesthetic choice. I would definitely recommend that you pick this dress up if you see it for sale!

Here is what the dress looks like in a full coordinate. The detachable pieces make it really versatile – you can take it from simple to OTT just by adding pieces. I’m wearing it with my Classical Puppets A-line petticoat, although it wold look nice with a slightly bell-shaped petticoat as well.

JSK: Écailles de Lune
Blouse: Atelier-Pierrot
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié
Bonnet: Elpress L
Boots: Bodyline
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié 

Thank you for reading, bats! If you think I left anything out of my review, please let me know and I'll add it in.

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