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)


rob rusty

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

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.


Origin of the challenge:

Blogs participating in the challenge:


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!