This is not a comment on taobao vs burando or shitting on taobao, it's because you say the quality will be really obvious in photos, so I'm providing one example where it's not. I'm not picking a fight, just giving you an example, okay?
A lot of taobao is surface printed, much the same way spoonflower prints their fabric. The print sits on top of the fabric and doesn't really go all the way through.
Meanwhile most burando uses a method where the dye penetrates all the way to the other side, quite often you can flip the fabric over and see the other side.
The difference is that if you get a snag in burando, the snag is actually going to be nearly invisible, because all the threads are uniformly dyed the same colour. With surface printing, if you snag a thread, it's going to be really obvious, because the thread will actually be white -- this thread was under another thread when it was printed, so it remained white until the snag pulled it out of place.
So a dress made from fabric that's dyed all the way through may look thin and winkled, but be better than one that's thick and luxurious but surface printed, because it any fabric snags will be nearly invisible on it. This means you can damage it a whole lot more and still have the dress look nearly untouched in photos, while the surface printed dress will start showing bald spots where the snags are.
Again, just an example of where the fabric quality doesn't show in photos. >>9564657
Fair enough, I guess other anon needed to be told that anyway.