4/24/2011

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

Obi  HINAYA KYOTO
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!!

2 Comments:

Blogger Kitty Kanzashi said...

Well done! It looks fabulous.

April 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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May 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM  

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