Romantic Kimono Photoshoot & Published in Ellements Magazine

This week images from a recent photoshoot were included in Ellements Magazine Nov 2015 (V2).

I loved doing this shoot as it was super soft, fun and romantic. In these images we explored a softer “Regency Lolita Kimono Style” with the pink furisode and bonnet, adding in some vintage china!

The purple furisode and fantastic headdress were more of a British kitch couture look for my take on Harajuku fashion.

My favourite is the work with the teal iromuji producing a soft romantic look as well as a super vogue ensemble with the smock and absence of an obi.

Enjoy the images!

Photographer: Sian Robertson
Concept, Dressing & Styling: Elizabeth Hitchins
Mua: Belinda Maines
Models: Bethany & Deean from Tyne Tees
Kanzashi: Kornelia Jer & Isla Wong
Headress: Joanna Stokes

Tips from a Stylist – A Guide to Kimono Corset Style

One of my favourite looks with kimono is wearing a corset around the middle. RockKimono2Now there are a few challenges with this as kimono are meant to be worn on a straight up straight down tube like body. This is so the lines are correct.

Kimono Too Long

Kimono are MEANT to be too long and this is why you see traditional kimono wearers have a fold under the obi. We can use this fold mechanism also in wearing a corset to correct the lines. This is a more difficult way to wear kimono & a corset as you need to know how to create this fold by setting the collar. Something you need to learn and perfect.
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Kimono to your ankles

This is the easiest form as you don’t need to worry about setting a fold or adjusting too much. You can almost wrap and go. Remember left panel over right as you don’t want to be a zombie.

What corset?

So you don’t have issues with your lines flaring all over the place I always recommend an under bust corset. Kimono can’t cope with a chest at the best of times so you might find it awkward to dress in an over bust corset. It can be done though with a lot of tweaking!


Remember a kimono (womens kimono) have holes under the armpits so you need to make sure you are wearing maybe a shift or slip underneath. I like to wear capri leggings also, but that is a personal preference.

Have fun!

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Photographer: Sian Robertson

Festival Kimono Style – Tips from a Stylist

Kimono are tricky. It took me 4 years to learn how to wear kimono traditionally, and after 9 years I am still learning. Good news though! Kimono is super versatile and you can work it into your normal wardrobe.


Festival Chic

In both of these styles I have used “meisen haori which average around ¬£40.

Meisen is a rough silk with bold geometic patterns. Most meisen haori (ha-or-ri) are longer than the normal haori.


Haori is a type of kimono jacket.

The accessories used are available in most high street stores and the boots are by rocketdog.

The make up artist chose a matt red lipstick for a vintage look to match the nature of the haori.

The nails are a more modern shape in bronze with Tiffany blue and terracotta dots. Super easy to do a home with a dotting tool.


Shopping like a celeb

Kimono can go over anything, and they are very popular with celebrities like Lady Gaga. The most popular type is tsukesage kimono which is a semi formal affordable kimono type with beautiful patterns.

Another fun kimono style is furisode kimono which has the longer sleeves as in this image. Longer sleeves do get in the way so you have to be careful where they end up! Kimono can add class and interest to any outfit.

REALITY CHECK – Lady Gaga may be able to drag her kimono on the floor in the rain but you can not clean silk kimono without specialist cleaning. There are very few places outside Japan and even inside Japan it is an expensive ordeal. They can not be dry cleaned or hand washed.

Safe & Synthetic

If you are concerned then there are always synthetic or hand washable kimono & haori. You will find these mostly on websites like and we also have some UK sellers

On eBay look out for the material ‘Polyester’, ‘Synthetic’ or ‘Hand Washable’ for these types of kimono.

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Photographer: Sian Robertson