Myths and Legends Kimono Theme: Yuki Onna, Oiran Style….

OK, so I am going to a jiu jitsu event where the social has a myths and legends theme. Being kimono mad I still wanted to wear one so I needed a Japanese female character to represent. So in walks Yuki Onna.

Yuki Onna (snow woman) is a spirit or yōkai in Japanese folklore. Yuki-onna appears on snowy nights as a tall, beautiful woman with long black hair and red lips. Her inhumanly pale or even transparent skin makes her blend into the snowy landscape. She is at the same time beautiful and serene, yet ruthless in killing unsuspecting mortals.

She lures weary travellers into a snowstorm and lets them die of exposure basically and depicted as wearing a white kimono. So enough about the legend, more about the outfit.

So in white kimono-y goodness I am wearing my white ro kimono (I know summer weight in Feb, depicting a snow spirit)

Ro Hitoe

Then my trusty black corset and then over it an Oiran style front obi darari knot, probably using my stupidly long synthetic wedding obi that I got free or maybe my gold and blue fukuro for some kind of colour.

Shiro nuri with just red lips for a ghostly look and my blackish hair either just loose, or partly loose to adhere to the drawings I have seen.

I wonder if anyone will guess who I am?

Kimono Related Cosplay – Marie Antoinette

OK, so this is the theme for my next outing. I think I will use it quite often, it combines kimono with dressing up. My other obsession.

So what do you need for this look?

1. Furisode or kakeshita kimono
2. Corset (underbust best)
3. Ringlet Wig (now I think vocaloid cosplay wigs are best, I got mine from COSPLAY-WIG
4. Cameo necklace
5. Cake hair accessories
6. Wedding net underskirt (hoopless as are you really gonna get it a taxi with a large hoop? Let alone going to the loo)
7. Pearl accessories

Numbers 4 and 5 are interchangeable, you need cameo for the French court essence and cake for the stereotype even though we all know she meant brioche.

So drop your kimono over your underskirt, scoop the collar around your shoulders, add lace if you wish to be more modest, wrap round a corset, add wig and accessories and your done.

Fancy shoes, gloves or adding a obi in a big bow will only make you more fabulous!

Adding a cameo and lace to the front of some plain shoes is cool, and something I shall do eventually, for now my sugar pink poodle shoes are fancy enough! This outfit is a project that needs a while to complete.

Frivolity is what Marie was all about, or so we are lead to believe. Unfortunately, frivolity is not on the cards for me in 2011 so this will be another slow growing project. It started last spring and I only really need to get the accessories.

Maybe time to sell on a few more bits to fund the project 🙂