Japanese Kimonos and their influence on Western fashion
The Japanese kimono originated about 1,300 years ago as a garment of Japanese culture. Originally it was different, then as the centuries passed it evolved to the current version.
The term Kimono means a thing to wear, in fact in the past this word was used to refer to any dress without distinction: today, however, it refers to a dress typical of the land of the rising sun.
Unworn, it is shaped like a distinct T and is composed of several pieces, all rectangular, made from a single roll of cloth usually silk or brocade, called tan, with handmade seams all straight with a few small curves at the neck, with no buttons or zippers.
One of the special features is that the women's kimono do not exist with various sizes; rather, they come in one size, and to fit the stature of the woman wearing it, a fold is made at the waist called an ohashori, which is then covered by the obi, or high bands that act as a belt.
Kimonos are decorated either with paintings directly on the fabrics or with embroideries, using various techniques depending on the type and prestige of the kimono.
It should be noted that the front flaps should be closed by overlapping the left side on the right, the 'opposite custom is used in Japan only for the deceased.
The birth of Japanese kimonogiais in the Nara period (710 -784), that is, when the influence of Chinese culture began to expand into Japan, also influencing the fashion of the time.
Gradually then Japan customized them thus giving rise to the 12-layer kimono that weighed as much as 20 kilograms although in reality the layers were not 12 but could vary more or less.
This particular dress is a mix therefore between Chinese and Japanese culture and was worn on formal occasions of imperial court rituals or ceremonies.
Over time there have been many evolutions of the kimono until the introduction of the obi, or belt, led to the modern kimono for both women and men.
The kimono male follows one style, is always dark in color, such as black, gray, brown, and sometimes has small decorations, with shorter sleeves than women's sleeves and sewn to the main body except for the end; they have no folds at the waist and theobi is placed on the hips and not on the waist as for women.
Women's kimonos, on the other hand, have many styles, and the more formal ones consist of many more pieces; usually at least 12, and it is very difficult to wear one without the 'help of another person.
There are different types such as, for example, the Furisode, a kimono worn by single women during a formal and elegant event such as a party, a wedding.
This type of kimono has very long sleeves, reaching almost to the ankle, and its color gradually becomes duller and duller as the single girl ages.
A very special curiosity is that, in ancient Japan, waving the sleeves of this type of kimono before a boy symbolized the girl's love for him. This courtship technique was considered very attractive, but if the wearer of such a kimono was a married woman, then it was considered unworthy as it signified the woman's desire to betray her husband.
This logic is still present today in modern Japan, although it is not unusual to see many married women wearing it.
There are various types of kimonos for various occasions. It is really fascinating to walk the streets of Kioto and meet a real geisha wearing a kimono, but it is also very difficult to cross paths with them.
The 'influence of the kimono in Western fashion is due to famous Japanese designers who have presented them on the world's most important catwalks, such as: Issey Miyake, Rey Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Over the centuries the kimono has thus evolved, establishing a bridge between East and West, even to the point of becoming part of the fabric of several contemporary societies.
Various museums around the world have told the story of the Kimono, such as at the Metropolitan Museum in New York titled the Weber Collection, which was on display until February this year.
Today, the Kimono is a very fashionable garment all over the world, especially in the last couple of years there has been a ver just boom and so many clothing firms have created and launched this new garment that is created in different fabrics, in different patterns and lengths and can be worn in various ways and have different uses: evening dress, duster, cover-up and in winter as a headdress. It is a very fascinating and innovative fashion idea that intrigues and excites women all over the world.

by Simona Di Martino

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Interview with Simona D: designer who revolutionized fashion without boundaries
When was this passion of yours for fashion born?
My passion is to create wearable art and poetry, during a 2018 trip to Japan I was fascinated by the culture there and the taste of the Japanese in traditional fashion, and so, inspired by the Japanese obi belts, the bands that geishas wear around their waists on kimonos, the idea was born to create handmade sashes using fine fabrics, such as silk, tafta, and cashmere, adapting them to the Western world.
How did the first collection of the Simona D brand come about?
In 2018 with the launch of the first winter collection.Over the years, the Simona D. catalog has expanded by offering not only kimonos and sashes, but also beach bags, evening purses, blouses in velvet, cotton and linen, and stoles, resulting in products with a strong, versatile and quality identity.I love my work, when I create a garment I always think about comfort in wearing it, because the woman must feel comfortable, and elegance, which must characterize both a young woman and more adult ladies. In addition, I am always careful in the choice of fabrics, which must be fine, comfortable and easily washable, and in the search for details, because a classy woman looks for particularity in every form.
Do you have a highly qualified staff for very fine clothes?
The workmanship of the various products in the collections is done by a team of seamstresses strictly by hand, respecting the Neapolitan tradition, from fabric cutting to stitching. The first stage is the selection of fabrics and product designs for the different categories; we then proceed by making paper patterns and thus produce the garments, which I personally supervise by making changes and corrections to achieve an article without imperfections.

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