Kimono De Jack
Oh yes we did!
Full set here on April’s flickr! http://www.flickr.com/photos/shigatsuhana/sets/72157632092478355/with/8217065234/
*Please note Oiran are NOT Geisha…google will tell you why!
Lyuba from Strawberry Kimono will be leaving the UK next year so we decided to do a Sakuran cosplay en masse as this is her favourite kimono dress up theme.
I don’t normally cosplay but hey, always up for a challenge! So this is my outfit:
A lengthened odori kimono with padded underlayer (hitoe), a hitoe green and silver ichimitsu odori obi and a massive padded melon collar! I decided a full uchikake would be too arduous so I have gone for a black sha kimono as a coat.
I have a pipe and okobo too I need to make matching tabi
In other news I bought a new obi:
Need reminding who I am talking about? Have you forgotten GCSE English?
The BBC is having a Shakespeare revival and you can see a clip of the up and coming Henry V:
and so come to the Kimono De Jack May Meetup!
Plans will be weather dependant, it’s been crazy of late so we will be specific closer to the time!
Looking forward to Saturday:
So for KDJ March we are back in London again (sorry we will have some more up norf events next) to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. Home to a wonderful selection of costume history including kimono
We will meet at the entrance to the museum at 11:30pm and the closest tube station is South Kensington.
Admission is FREE (yay) but please bring enough money for lunch if you want to join us. The average bill we aim for is about £15 and we might need a tube or bus trip to get to a suitable place.
For travel around London we recommend a £7 travel card which covers zone 1-2.
Because the weather has decided on that one day to cure our drought problems I will wear my purple synthetic kimono and not my posh kimono (which I wanted to wear as we are going to a museum)
It is also St Patricks day so I will co-ordinate something green in there.
Getting close. Only 15 days left of 2011. Time to be strict with my kimono resolutions!
1. No more kimono – nada, nothing, nichts, niets…..ZERO actual kimono to be purchased in 2012.
2. No more OBI either….
3. 1 x long kimono coat to be aquired
4. 3 x very fancy and expensive obiage/obijime sets to be had. When I say expensive we are looking at a £100 budget each. One red/white, one red/black and one a damn fancy colour. I will checkout yahoo auctions before I go for brand new of course.
5. Synthetic Mans kimono set.
and that’s it – for the whole of 2012. I am directing money at things I have been hankering for over past 18 months, as well as a summer trip volunteering in Japan which will put me back £1200 probably.
My husband and I are saving for a really nice tourist trip to Japan for 10 days (Tokyo and Kyoto) so I need to be very VERY good with my money.
Also my need to further myself with the Japanese language will also trump kimono purchases.
Resolution No.6 – A dreaded resolution that involves clearing out and selling off kimono I know I will not wear. My style is starting to define itself a lot more and previous purchases are not in tune…..so I will part ways with them!
*The photo is from the recent Kimono De Jack at the Birmingham Christmas Markets.
More updates to follow but here is a blog post from one of our models!
Katie was wearing purple hakama and a matching yabane ko-furisode kimono!
I am so busy with everything currently but once I have the professional photos I will do a nice full blog post crediting everyone who worked with us!
Oh yeah…..we is on the website now!
Isla and I are running a kimono fashion show to promote kimono de jack.
Kimono De Jack Kimono Fashion Show at HYPER JAPAN
As a treat, two members of the Kimono De Jack group (Elizabeth Hitchins and Isla Wong) will be organising a fashion show showing kimono outfits from traditional to modern. This will be held on Saturday 23 July.
You can be part of the show by applying to be a kimono model.
We need six fantastic models to volunteer for our contemporary kimono fashion show! Make up, hair and footwear will be provided and you just need to wear a simple t-shirt and leggings. The winning applicants will gain free entry on Saturday and a surprise gift!
Our article is also part of their friday focus: Kimono, Tradition or Fashion?
So now, when fashion houses say that stripes are in this Autumn, you can look to increase your collection to include cool, silky, striped kimono. High fashion meets kimono!
Kimono are a vintage fashion explosion in all colours, patterns and motifs.
Whatever you consider ‘in’, you will find a kimono to complement the trend and you don’t have to listen to just the western fashion houses to tell you what’s hot, you can check out what is being seen in Tokyo, Kimono is it’s own art house.
Kimono-hime is a funky and fresh look on kimono fashion and you can see elements of the styles in the younger wearers at Kimono De Jack meetings in Japan. This is where you can see kimono fashion in all its glory, and keep up to date.
Be there or be square….