I love the outfit and especially the look on her face as she gets ready to fire, and the contrast between glove and sleeve.
Feb 6: “Yukata Times”, Summer, 2011
Hand-dyeing silk for obiage.
by Modern-Antenna. See full sequence and explanation [Japanese] here.
Black, red, white and gold go with everything, even striped turquoise furisode. Of these colors, only the turquoise counts as “not a neutral” color in kimono, so ANYTHING could be matched with this and still be ‘proper’ matching… according to the kimono schools.
More importantly, according to modern sensibility, red, black and turquoise are popular and nice looking colors. The addition of the red eri (collar) touching the turquoise brings some brightness to the top of the coordination where it would otherwise look slightly dull and washed-out, possibly even old-fashioned. The black obiage cuts some of the brightness of the obi. Exchanging that for gold or red would make it extremely festive and traditional looking— exchanging it for bright pink would also contrast with the turquoise while staying modern.
Beginning in the late 19th century, Asian decorative arts, and those of Japan in particular, had a tremendous impact on Western culture. Many Americans and Europeans traveled to Japan, often returning with textiles and garments that were soon converted to familiar Western garments. This blue dressing gown began as a Japanese furisode, or “swinging sleeves” kimono, a type worn only by young unmarried women. It is a particularly creative example of how Japanese dress could be transformed into fashionable Western dress. Through the addition of princess seams, lace undersleeves and inserts of pale-blue taffeta at front and back, the furisode kimono became a stylish Western dressing gown, complete with bustle. Regardless of these Western elements, the dressing gown is strongly evocative of Japan, particularly in its retention of the crimson lining often found in women’s kimonos.
Jan 27: “Kimono Times” magazine, Dec 2012 edition
I am glad I chose Taisho-roman as the subject of my studies! My main focus is Takehisa Yumeji, but I just love the whole Taisho period, the blossoming feminism, the free thinking, democracy and mixed art, Taisho-roman, ah, Taisho was sooo culturally ripe, juicy. I can also enjoy artists like Kasho Takabatake, etc. ^^*
Like if I ever go back to university, I`d like to study Taisho period.
So, I was out in Odaiba with my parents during New Year, and we came across this big group of dogs dressed up in kimono for the occasion.
Unfortunately we just missed the part where they were all lined up for photos, but I knew there was at least one person on my dash who’d appreciate pictures of Japanese dogs in formalwear, so I took lots of photos anyway :)
I - I - I - oh my goodness. BRB dying from the adorbs. And it doesn’t help that a lot of the doggy breeds represented in the photos really do look like they’re smiling. I mean. Wow.
SO I always knew the kimono Ringo wore for Electric Mole was LOVELY. BUT REALLY. LOOK AT IT. It’s not just a striped kimono. IT HAS A SHEER OVERLAY. WITH THE GOLD BITS ON IT. AND THE PANTHER on the BOTTOM OMG IT MATCHES HER GUITAR. AND THE DICE ON HER SLEEVE BECAUSE IT IS THE SUGOROKU XSTASY SYMBOL. AND GOLD OBI. WITH EMBROIDERED APPLES. FUCK. That’s just gorgeous OKAY.
Thank you Yuko Sugiyama. Thank you Rakuya.
It looks like it’s made of sha, or some other type of sheer summer silk. If she’s wearing hitoe sha kimono and juban it’d explain why it looks completely transparent when she’s against the light.