I love kimono. The first time I went in Japon, 25 years ago, I spent a week in Kyoto and a lot of women were wearing kimono, not yukata (the coton kimono for matsuri in summer), but beautiful silk ones.
Every time there is an exhibition in Paris on Japan, I have to see it. This time it's on kimono, from the origins to haute couture.
For those who don't know:
A kimono is a robe shaped like a "T". Normal kimonos reaches to the ankles, and have long sleeves. Kimonos for women usually have a colorful design of flowers, butterflies, etc. People wear a wide belt called an obi with their kimono. Obi are also colorful.
In the exhibition, there is a lot of kimono, with different patterns because of the period, and different drawings but the fabric is always the same: only one shape, and one way to make them.
In the second part of the exhibition, we can see how kimono style is used by designers. One of my favorite was Galiano for Dior, the collection was amazing, a perfect mixture between Japan and the 50'. All I love.
In Japan there are o lot of new ways to wear it, not only the conventional and classic. Of course, Japanese still wear kimono for traditional moment of the year (wedding, funeral, shichi-go-san....), but young designers try to make the kimono an everyday costume, and you can find in Japan a lot of fashion magazine showing new ways to wear your kimono to go to work.
If you're in Paris, go go go to see it. This exhibition is at Musée Guinée, you have to see it before May 22nd 2017