Across Japan, women and men are rediscovering the kimono. Comfortable, versatile and easily adapted to reflect one's personal style, the kimono is the perfect canvas from which to create a head-turning ensemble for any occasion. While exploring the origins and evolution of this traditional garment, Manami Okazaki explains how the once-ubiquitous kimono disappeared from everyday life only to reappear as a fashion statement. From street fashion to important labels in contemporary fashion, young designers are creating their own exquisite creations with contemporary, funky and often outlandish twists. In addition, the book ventures inside the studios of kimono designers to learn how the fabrics are dyed, woven and embroidered; travels to matsuri festivals where townspeople pull out all the stops to celebrate Shinto deities; and looks at the way artists such as Kubota Itchiku, Miya Ando, and John Cederquist incorporate kimonos in their work. Interviews with important industry figures, including clothing manufacturers and fashion designers, reveal how this traditional dress, with its simple and elegant form and
Manami Okazaki is the author of Kawaii! Japan's Culture of Cute (Prestel) as well as other books on Japanese religion, tattoo art, and sneaker culture. She writes frequently for a variety of magazines from all over the world.