The Kimono Workshop in Sweden

I made an event named as “KIMONO CATWALK”, which consisted of the kimono workshop and the kimono fashion show, at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

At the workshop, I talked about a thousand-year history of kimono using the slide show. After the workshop, I demonstrated Obi tying and had the question and answer session.
As I heard that most of the Swedish people can understand English, I talked in English. But unfortunately, I am not a good English speaker , so a translator, Ms. Tomoko Hansson, helped me during the demonstration of Obi tying and the question and answer session. She translated my Japanese to Swedish.

Ms. Tomoko Hansson had served as an interpreter, when the Japanese emperor and empress came to Sweden. She is a wonderful person and created a graceful atmosphere around us. She supported me from the setup to the end of our event.
This picture was taken during the questions and answer session. We received a variety of questions. I was surprised that the audience was more interested in kimono than I had expected. After the demonstration of Obi tying and the question and answer session, we produced a kimono fashion show as I wore on my previous blog entry. Right after the kimono fashion show, Ms. Hansson told me, “The audience really wanted to know about kimono, so please explain more about kimono which you show today.” 

The event advertisement in the local newspaper published my name with big fonts. It seemed that I came to Europe for my promotion, but real purpose of my visit to Europe was not to promote myself, but  to spread kimono fashion to the world. I was really happy to know that Ms. Hansson fully understood my thought. 

After the questions and answers session, I decided to change the event program. I added a special time to introduce kimonos which we used at the kimono fashion show.

Maybe it is not great, if we just think about the quality of the fashion show, but I believe that this introduction was critical for the event. I asked the models to stay at the stage after the show finished, and explained about the kimono. Then, we had an additional active questions and answer session. 

As you see on this picture, I was explaining that kimono expresses their real beauty with lining.
I felt Ms. Hansson passed to the audience not only what I told, but also my strong desire to introduce kimono and kimono fashion to the world.

I sincerely appreciate Ms. Hansson very much for her support. 


KIMONO CATWALK in Sweden - kimono fashion show

I stayed in Europe for 2 weeks. I produced kimono fashion shows and workshops at Sweden and the Netherlands. All the events successfully ended and I came back to NY the other day.

First I visited Goteborg (Gothenburg) in Sweden. Our event “KIMONO CATWALK” was held at the Museum of World Culture in Goteborg on April 9th. The exhibition “KIMONO FUSION” takes place at the museum now and our event was related to this exhibition. Our event consisted of two parts: Kimono Workshop (6:30-7:10pm) and Kimono Fashion Show (7:30-8:00pm).

The event was advertised by a local newspaper “Göteborgs-Posten”. I was curious when I found my name on the newspaper, but unfortunately I cannot read Swedish. I heard that this paper releases about 200,000 copies.

The museum had expected about 200 people will come to the event. But actually, about 500 people came to see “KIMONO CATWALK”.

As you see on the picture below, the audience was sitting not only in front but also in side of the stage.
Flickr; The Museum of World Culture

This time, I write about Kimono Fashion Show from Kimono Catwalk at the Museum of World Culture.

To demonstrate the kimonos beautifully, the catwalk stage was covered with black fabrics. The museum prepared 15 models, most of whom were high school students. They are really interested in Japanese culture, fashion and anime.

The screen, which you may see on the back of the stage, displayed image of Japanese folding screen paintings, made in the Edo period (1603-1868). Synchronized with the original music, we displayed five images, which all were provided by “Cokyu-dou(古汲洞)” in Tokyo and its owner, Mr. Kyugo Ishii.
Screen painting by Kano school, "Pine tree with birds", In the middle of the Edo period

Screen painting by Hisakuni Kano in the end of the Edo period

Kimono, Obi  WAFRICA
Obi fabric  HINAYA KYOTO
Screen painting by Hisakuni kano "Four seasons with birds and flowers" in the end of  the Edoperiod

Flickr; The Museum of World Culture

I decided to use bride kimono at the final.
I casted all the models in the appropriate kimono / obi styles. Especially, with this kimono and the obi fitted this model very well. Her butterfly tattoo on her neck amazingly collaborated with her kimono style. The obi was made by HINAYA KYOTO. Since this obi is so powerful and unique, it was difficult for me to select the kimono with this obi.

The pictures were taken by Lassen Karlsson in Goteborg University.

WAFRICA’s kimono, designed by Serge Mouangue in Tokyo, was able to visualize kimono’s evolution at the show. It helped to connect traditional kimono and modern kimono.

Finally, I really appreciate all the people who involved and supported the event.

Thank you very much!!


Kimono and Jyuunihitoe Fashion Show at Van Gogh Museum

Kimono Demonstration is held at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on 15th April 2011 at 6:45PM.



Kimono Catwalk in Gothenburg, Sweden

Kimono Catwalk is held at the Museum of the World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden on 7th April 2011 at 6:30PM.

PR: http://www.prlog.org/11414947-kimono-catwalk-by-hiromi-asai-in-gothenburg-sweden.html