Kimono Challenge 13 – Special Kimono Memory and Completion!

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.

 

Even though looking back my kitsuke was in its infancy my special kimono memory has to be my wedding:

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I could go on about how bad my kitsuke was but I won’t, it was my wedding day!

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I wore a wonderful red uchikake, red hanhaba obi and 1900’s vintage ro kurotomesode with crane design. It was a very gothy/Japanese inspired wedding.

If I had to do it again I would wear the same uchikake and this kakeshita:

Black Furisode at last...my goth furi

with a matching obi.

Then I would change to a vintage kimono later on as kakeshita are heavy and hot!

 

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Kimono Challenge 12 – Kitsuke Evolution…

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.

 

My… is my kitsuke an eclectic mix or what?!

I started my kimono journey in life this:

Corset kitsuke

and I wore mostly yukata out clubbing…

Then I went to this:

Geisha hime

however..if I really tell the truth it started like this:

A hello kitty silk kimono I made while I was at uni!

and then this is a middle ground snap of when I started to take stuff more seriously…

Japan Matsuri 2010

Still a corset..but then I started to keep corsetry to clubbing and now dress like this:

Purple Kitsuke; KDJ

However I still like to dress up a little ‘theme’ like:

All dressed up and snow where to go!

My colours have always been bright, sometimes neon bright which is probably an hangover from my ‘cybergoth days’ and the love of all things eye bleedingly bright. Gothic influences have always run though my kitsuke but you will see rockabilly and kitch there too with details.

 

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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:

Blogs participating in the challenge:

 

Kimono Challenge 10 – Your biggest kimono inspiration

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…me…

I hate to sound really egotistical but I base my kimono fashions around my gothic/rockabilly/kitch fashions in my yofuku life. I live my yofuku life through themes. My favourite are burlesque, rockabilly, medical,pirate, sailor, cheerleader…man I could go on…

The themes I love in western clothing translate through to my kimono styling.

For example:

  • Red/Black combinations – very goth
  • Polka dots and kitch patterns – rockabilly
  • Stripes/Pinstripe – again rockabilly
  • Corsets – burlesque themes
But with kimono my old ‘cyber’ routes sometimes come to light when I do bright colours. Most of my kimono and accessories are bright, and sometimes neon. I don’t do pale colours, even though recently I have tried. Reason being I seem to need kimono for a variety of events. For example, this month I need an outfit suitable for tea ceremony.
I do read a lot of kimono magazines, and love the styling however I always feel the need to follow my own path.

 

 

Kimono Challenge 9 – The FEAR!

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.

 

Kimono fear is plain and simple, it affects all kimono wearers. It is the fear of RUIN.

Ruining your unique kimono beyond repair. I can deal with pulled seams or kimono just plain wearing out with use. But ruination….it cuts deep.

Deep I say.

Origin of the challenge:

Blogs participating in the challenge:

 

Kimono Challenge 7 & 8 – Confessions and dream kitsuke items

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.

 

My biggest confession is I spend $300 on this:

Baka Hime in Purple Paper Crane Hikizuri (2)

and also that I always wear some kind of cotton cycling shorts under my kimono to stop my legs rubbing together. Kimono walking all day can sometimes get sore, where as normal walking you can stride out so it doesn’t 🙂

My kimono dream items would be maiko hikizuri and darai obi. I will buy them one day when I have spare money and somewhere to display them. Currently as I don’t cosplay they would just be folded away and not worn.

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Kimono Challenge #4 – Least used kimono item…

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.

Least used kimono item.

I like to wear out all my kimono, its clothing ain’t it? However, there are some pieces I am afraid to walk out the door in so they are admired and not used much. My Geisha susohiki in particular.

I have three, a pink september hitoe hikizuri which has been worn once:

Baka Hime In Kyoto Geiko Hikizuri (2)

My black hikizuri:

and my favourite purple hikizuri which has not made it onto a human yet:

Baka Hime in Purple Paper Crane Hikizuri (2)

Due to ‘the fear’ which will be detailed in part #9 these will always be my least used kimono items, forever. That and my korin belt.

Kimono Challenge #3 – Most used kimono item….that’s not underwear… (^-^*)

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.

My most used kimono item is in fact an accessory.

My fan. I have a few but I can’t leave in a kimono without one. I will share a picture of a fancy one from my collection, however, my every kimono day fan is a lot simpler (and not an odori fan)

Odori Fan

I have two favourite, a plain black fan with modern orange style detail and a lilac silk one.

Kimono Challenge – #2 Kimono items that are most dear to me….

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.

My Old Faithfuls

In my kimono closet I have ‘old faithfuls’ – kimono and obi that I repair and wear constantly and would feel lost without.

1. My komon kofurisode – such a cheap buy at $20 and here it is getting ready for another wear:

Kofurisode kimono

2. My pink rose cotton fukuro obi – light and easy to manipulate I wear this obi often 🙂

Synthetic Fukuro Obi

I have lots of items I love in my collection. My geisha hikizuri are very dear to me as they are prize items in my collection. However the kimono items closest to my heart are ones I wear a lot.

Kimono Challenge #1 – How did you discover and get into kimono?

Quite a few of my kimono pals are doing this so I thought I would join in. Gives me topics to blog about 🙂

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.

So how did I discover kimono?

Many moons ago in the cyber goth days my obsession with hello kitty hit a new high – corsetry. It was about 2001 and I was in my last year of uni. However being a student of limited funds I had taken to making my own clothes. I made a short hello kitty furisode kimono:

A hello kitty silk kimono I made while I was at uni!

It was very much in the style of a ‘costume’.However after this came a purple hello kitty one and also a powerpuff girls kimono with matching corset.

It was then a few years later around 2006 that I decided to buy a yukata and pre-tied obi. I opened the floodgates then and shortly after was married in kimono.

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I have been experimenting, improving and building my collection ever since. Kimono is now a big part of my fun and life.