Modern Kabuki Themed Kimono Fashion Photoshoot!

I have been having all the fun at the fair with my recent kimono shoot! Are these not fab! Head over to Eclectic Kimono to see the shoot in its full glory! Great news about these images too…they are FREE STOCK images. No monies just a credit needed.

Free Kimono Stock Image

Free Kimono Stock Image

MUA: Gemma Sutton
Wardrobe: Elizabeth Hitchins
Model: Jennifer Lee Moon MOT Models
Photographer: Sian Robertson
Retouch: Yunona Reznichenko

Kimono & Styling Update

I have been super busy with kimono shoots! With two more shoots in the pipework! Kimono is such a great medium that the shoots have been super effective.

Here is an example of what I have been up too:



Harajuku PortXColour (1)

Harajuku PortXColour (2)


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You can find all credit and the rest of the images on my personal styling page : or my team website

New Kimono Buys & Gel Colours

I have not written in a while as my work life has exploded. I need to work in order to subsidise my nail & kimono stuff habit!

Gel of the Month:

Currently I am having a gel-affair with Artistic Colour Gloss and it is lasting well!

Two weeks in:


My kimono buying has been very boring:

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But I have done a bit of kimono-ing about!

kimono me

This was me pre-obi 🙂

Later on in the year when I have the time I will get back into blogging, but I am just so busy working!

If I only went to the theatre….

No one bid against me on this synthetic houmongi, possibly due to the make up stained collar – however due to the synthetic nature of the beast it sponged right off.

So now I have an almost new posh kimono with a more traditional pattern for those more refined outings which I never have.

I decided in the event of an emergency visit to a place ladies are required to wear fake small slaughtered animals around their necks I would make sure I have a co-ordination sorted.


Posh glitzy bag and matching shoes required of course. AND I have a matching odori fan somewhere…


and the shoes…


Full outfit. I am still concerned it’s too bright for a posh occasion. I just can’t help being bright in my kitsuke. My skin is deathly pale so I always feel I will sink into my outfit if I don’t have lots of colour!

Indeed I need to dress my dolly (aka baka-hime) better but I am tired after a very busy day dying tabi:

Home dyed tabi!

T-shirts AND towels…as well as Japanese practise, making two cake type things (tarte au citron and a chocolate version) and household chores of a seemingly normal wife (which I don’t do very often, I must have had a funny turn this morning)

…and I fixed 4 drawers in my kimono chest of drawers that had given away under the weight of KIMONO!


Kimono at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Well Kimono de Jack was at the Victoria and Albert museum saturday and we were horrified that the fashion segments was closed until May 🙁

We still had the Japanese exhibit and more photos can be found here.

However, we provided our own fashion:

kimono de jack

Purple Kitsuke; KDJ

Kitsuke in the V and A

I had not worn my purple hitoe kimono before but I love it. Slightly too narrow but a bit more weight loss will see the front panel slide across more 🙂

As you can see the UK KDJ fashion is an eclectic mix of traditional, taisho, hime and modern themes. We all sport our own style.

I am having a love affair with pink and purple at the moment, probably due to the Cath Kidston fabric fetish I had a month back!

It has been a kimono filled week, as I went to a conference in kimono Wednesday and have ANOTHER kimono event this Saturday!

Kimono Challenge 11 – Your kimono collection!

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration:
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.


Well, I have kindly sorted out and added my kimono collection to this blog for you:


Pulled in dynamically from my flickr account 🙂

Easy as pie and my obsession laid out for all to see. You can see my favourite themes running though my collection, red, black and purple for most part!

I have tried to add more colours recently but still find I actually WEAR red with black or purple most often than not.

I have added more pink as typically I like purple and pink, as well as upping my accessories for a more multi-colour theme look. I think I decided this when one of the fashion shows we did, EVERY outfit was red/black or purple!!!

I like all colours, apart from beige. Beige is the devils colour. I will even take brown or grey (considered boring colours by myself), if it is paired with a brighter colour. I have a wonderful brown meisen kimono with bright aqua blue shapes.

Also don’t tell me it’s ‘sand’ and not beige. It’s beige, Lucifer is known by many names.

Origin of the challenge:

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