Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a good new year 🙂 Eclectic Kimono will be back with conventions, photoshoots and styling this year also so look out for us at an event near you!

We will be investing in more stuff for the taller guys this year, and more geisha-esque dress up.

Our shopping list includes:

– Katsura for Geisha themed photoshoots
– Formal/fun mens ensembles
– More Geisha/Maiko kimono and accessories for screen projects

We will be seeing you soon!

Alcon Demo and Workshops done!

Phew! What a manic day!

Thank you for those who turned out to our kitsuke and maiko cosplay demo as well as those who attended our kimono dressing workshops! We need longer hakama for all you tall men next time!

We couldn’t take our own pictures this time but hope to gather those taken at our demo and workshops and post them shortly!

We will be at The Entertainment and Media Show 1st/2nd October – London

There will be a J-culture area at this years Entertainment and media show in London and this means lots of kimono goodness. In conjunction with two friends we will be contributing formal kitsuke/kimono demos on stage as well as kimono in cosplay workshops and yukata dressing all day. We will also have a stall selling kimono and kanzashi.

This years event sports starts such as Edward Furlong, Eve Miles, Alex Winter and many more from Dr Who, Harry Potter, Star trek and STAR WARS! You can tell which film means most to me 🙂

We will update as soon as our formal timetable is announced.

*Edited to add, due to budget restrictions Anime League has had to cancel our participation in this event*

New demonstration kimono on the way!

Kimono that stand out from the stage and reach the back audience are great items for demonstration. We have recently acquired a new demonstration kimono.

Isn’t she beautiful!

She won’t be used till after November 🙂

Confirmation of Demo and Workshops at Alcon 2011 10th Sept

Kimono Demonstration

Ever wanted to really know how to wear kimono? Watch our detailed dressing demo of a wonderful furisode kimono. Furisode kimono are the most formal kimono for a young un-married woman, and the most decorative. We will also demonstrate a decorative obi knot, and provide a host of information regarding the wearing of kimono.

Kitsuke (Kimono Dressing) Workshop

We have limited places available on our kitsuke (kimono dressing) workshop. Dress a friend or yourself, we will guide you through the steps. In the workshop we can also cater to Men’s kitsuke.

You can either bring your own kimono ensemble or we have kimono and yukata available to borrow for the workshop.

Please let us know (via the forum) if you would like to participate in the workshop.

We will have select kimono related items and kanzashi available to buy on the day!

Timetable:

Saturday 10am-11am Queens Building – Kimono Demo, will include Geisha cosplay tips.
Saturday 2pm-2.40pm – Kimono Workshop
Saturday 2.40pm-3.20pm – Kimono Workshop
Saturday 3.20pm-4pm – Kimono Workshop *FULL*

We can take up to 12 people per workshop so plenty of space! *Edited to add a change in timetabling at the event.

About Alcon 2011 Leicester 8th-11th September:

We are a fun and friendly 800-person anime convention taking place over an epic four days for 2011! It’s just £30 for the full four day entry, and £25 a night for on-site accommodation which is less than 5 minutes walk away. With a dealers room, anime screenings, anime bar and night-club, artist ally, roleplaying, card-gaming, video-gaming, a cosplay cafe, DDRing, J-Culture, Cosplay Hangout, events, panels and much more, there is something for everyone, with more special events than you can shake a stick at!

http://alcon.org.uk/

 

Hyper Japan – Friday Focus Kimono Article

Kimono – Tradition Or Fashion?

If there is once piece of traditional fashion that has stood the test of time it is the Kimono. There are kimono for all ages and occasions, each with their own deep significance and rules for coordination.

One of the most iconic kimono is the furisode, with its long sleeves, colourful patterns and embroidery to die for. Furisode are worn mostly by unmarried women to signify that they are ready for marriage.

Once married, a woman has no need to swing her sleeves. Instead, she will wear houmongi that are decorated more subtlety and her sleeves will be shorter to indicate that she is no longer available.

When she attends her daughter’s wedding, she will wear a tomesode,which is elaborately decorated around the base of the kimono.

The kimono is not just a ceremonial garment, it can also be worn everyday. Indeed kimono’s literal meaning is “things to wear”. Although we can’t deny the deep cultural significance of the kimono, for the modern kimono lover, it is, in essence, a fashion.

So now, when fashion houses say that stripes are in this Autumn, you can look to increase your collection to include cool, silky, striped kimono. High fashion meets kimono!

Kimono are a vintage fashion explosion in all colours, patterns and motifs.

Whatever you consider ‘in’, you will find a kimono to complement the trend and you don’t have to listen to just the western fashion houses to tell you what’s hot, you can check out what is being seen in Tokyo, Kimono is it’s own art house.

Kimono-hime is a funky and fresh look on kimono fashion and you can see elements of the styles in the younger wearers at Kimono De Jack meetings in Japan. This is where you can see kimono fashion in all its glory, and keep up to date.

Yukata, which are cotton summer kimono worn by both men and women, have the fastest moving styles. Every year, Japanese fashion magazines are littered with the new styles. Yukata are an informal kimono garment, light, inexpensive and most commonly seen at outdoor festivals. Since they are the simplest to wear, they are a great way to start your collection.

Expand your wardrobe to include the essential vintage fashion – KIMONO!

By Elizabeth Hitchins and Isla Wong