EVENT RECAP: Kimono & Yukata Fashion Show - Houston Museum of Natural Science

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love celebrating other cultures and learning all about the diverse people that live on this planet that we call, Earth. So when an opportunity came through Houston Fashion Bloggers, to attend the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Kimono & Yukata Fashions show, I had to attend!  The event was held this past Sunday in one of the museum's lecture halls. The Fashion Show was put on in conjunction with the Museum's latest exhibit: Samurai; The Way of the Warrior. In addition to the Fashion show, there were several traditional Japanese dances, and a demonstration of putting on a Kimono. The hosts of the event requested that we didn't take any photos during the actual show, so unfortunately all of my photos are post the show.  

Throughout the presentation, Heather Clary provided information on Kimonos, Yukatas and traditional Japanese dances. I took a few notes to share with you guys during this post! Here's a tidbit of what I learned during the presentation: 
  • A kimono literally translates to mean, "A Thing to Wear", and the traditional footwear worn with a Kimono are sandals called Zuris. The Zuris are worn with split toe socks called Tabis.
  • Kimonos actually originated in China, and the fashions came to be styled in Japan in the 18th century. 
  • A longer sleeve kimono on a female means that she is single
  • Traditional Kimonos are made with silk. Modern kimonos are available in less expensive fabrics but silk is still considered the ideal fabric. 
  • Yukatas are made with a light weight cotton material. Yukatas are now the preferred garment of choice for every day wear, but in the late 20s and 30s, people wearing yukatas were targets for robberies because of the limited movement that the person wearing it had
  • Kimonos are made from a single bolt of fabric, and the finished kimono has 4 pieces of fabric panels. Kimonos can be re-tailored to fit a different person and damaged kimonos can be resewn to hide soiled fabrics.
  • Kimono fabrics are handmade and decorated. The pattern on a kimono determines the season it should be worn in. Excess fabrics can be used to make handbags and kimono accessories. 
  • Having curves was frowned upon, so kimono bras were worn that would flatten the chest, and extra fabric was added around the waist so everything was straight and not hourglass.
  • Bright color fabrics are for the youth, while darker, and more muted fabrics are for the mature population. 
  • Formal kimonos carry the family crest from 3 to 5 of them across the Kimono.
  • Typical range of a Kimono is $10,000 - $20,000.

Traditional wedding kimonos for the bride.


Fellow HFB Members, Shaundra, Alice, Me, Courtney, Stella, Viri, and Taylor

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