This blog post has been in my drafts for some time…it seems that now is the day to release it!
The story: A while ago my friend and I did a little improv photoshoot to present a couple of vintage Kimonos which I found in Japan, as well as one hand-stitched and painted Kimono that I made. We used antique props consisting of English theatre decoration and Chinese vases and no make up except for lipstick. The KImonos are old and have stains, making them really authentic.
I love all things Japanese and Kimonos especially and am very much looking forward to the upcoming exhibition at the V&A museum in London! Did you know that Kimonos are made out of rectangular pattern pieces and not a bit of fabric is wasted? It is the most sustainable garment in terms of cutting scraps. Furthermore, Kimono stitching is very loose and rips easily. Why? Because the threads can be replaced whilst protecting the fabric from ripping. If I could, I would wear Kimono every day.
Enjoy this rather silly but passionate shoot.
1. Vintage wool fabric checked Kimono, extra long.
2. Vintage silk brocade Haori/ Kimono without a belt. Brocade includes some metallic threads.
3. My creation: Hand-stitched satin silk Kimono, hand-painted.