Before I go into details, I must say that it was an interesting and unexpected experience. So, let me start from the beginning.
The night before, I was figuring out whether or not I should wear a Lolita outfit. I heard there was going to be a storm, and I did not want the dress to get ruined. It took me quite some time to figure out what I wanted to do. My other dilemma was my uncertainty of which outfit to bring that will be convenient for me to carry. I know I wanted to wear an outfit that I have not worn, but which one! In the end, someone gave me a simple solution: if there is a bathroom, bring the dress and change there, and I settled with my two piece Qi Lolita outfit.
The next day, I wore the top, but rolled up the skirt and placed it in my book bag with my shoes. It will make changing much quicker. Then I took the train to Manhattan and walked to Kinokuniya. I walked to the second floor of the store, where the event is held, and it was packed with lots of chattering!
I went back downstairs and changed into my Qi Lolita attire. Then, it was off with my camera! There were so many people in different Lolita styles that I had no idea where to start. A friend of mine ended up following me where ever I was taking pictures: near the escalator and around the bookshelves. We both agreed that in the end, we were going to lose count and not remember who we took pictures of. We were right, because I ended up asking people, “Did I take a picture of you?” I am sure that I have missed many Lolita photo opportunities at the event. Seriously, there were a lot of people!
© 2010 Linda Thai
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Photography by Chet Royer and Linda Thai