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Kimono Fashion

The Kimono was once a common sight on the streets of pre war Japan however today, they are traditionally and almost exclusively worn on two occasions, on your wedding day and on a young woman’s 19th birthday as part of the coming of age celebration. Department stores still sell kimonos, often these kimonos are generic multipurpose robes but the art of kimono design and manufacture also still exists, combining traditional skills and decorative techniques. The practice of wearing the kimono on a daily basis can still be seen in rural areas of Japan but certainly for the younger generations the kimono remains a historic symbol of their country with little connection to their daily life.

The traditional kimono may be lost to history but this hasn’t stopped the fashion world from being inspired by the traditional patterns, fabrics and decorative techniques that the kimono provides.  Designers and fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Stella Mccartney, Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli, Geren Ford, Missoni and Mathew Williamson have all taken inspiration from the orient with kimono styles storming through the catwalks. Celebrities and style icons such as Kate Moss, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Courtney Cox have all been seen in kimono inspired robes.

So why not Lovekimono and embrace the garment that brings you Japanese cultural heritage and style and storm into 2011 with this year’s fashion must have!

Posted On: 03/01/2011

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