In one of our previous newsletter, we introdueced about fashion show held at Shangri-La Hotel in Paris.
The show was held by Hinaya, one of the most famous traditioal obi company in Kyoto. They have this store in Kyoto and the store has rather `new' and artful items.
From April 18th to May 14 th, they have an exhibition event of the photos from the show in Paris. In this exhibition, they also show the kimono and obi coordinate by Eiko Otake who is a professional kimono dressor and also a stylist.
She is doing a lot of work with major fashion magazines, advertizement of companies, and fashion shows. She has published books about kimono dressing and obi making also(sorry they are in Japanese only).
Today we like to show kimono and obi coordinate examples.
Matching kimono and obi can be very tricky, especially vintage kimono and obi are really hard to see what matches with what.
Unlike western clothings, it seems kimono, obi and haori are tend to have so many patterns usually. You may think, if kimono has many patterns, obi should have less patterns or only solid color. However as far as kimono and obi are concerned, pairing them with different pattterns is basically fine. Gara, on gara(patterns on patterns) are what usually seen and seems to emphasize the charms of each of them.
It is actually very hard to say the rules of key - accidental matching works great often!
Otake san's way of matching is not too eccentric but still enhance the charms of vintage kimono and obi. It seems each item has quite strong `personality' but the kimono and obi seems to have sort of whimsical harmony!
We hope you enjoy the Otake magic!
There are item number too so you can check each item at the page of Ichiroya:
By cliking the item number, the page will show (in Japanese) and you can just cick `To English page' on the page on the right on top.
You can e-mail us if you are interested in buying the items in the photos.
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