So a fellow kimono friend contacted me a month ago about putting on a kimono fashion show at the university that she attends. We had the opportunity to host the show during the university’s first December matsuri festival, so we were very excited! The next month was spent sharing many messages over Facebook, packing, coordinating outfits, finding models, having very little sleep, and wrangling with the Japanese society of the university. Finally, we were able to have the show, and it was so much fun! Special thanks must go to the lovely Strawberry Kimono, whose help and insight proved invaluable to making the show run smoothly!
The night before the show, where we stayed up sewing haneri, tagging outfits, and rehearsing until 4am, and were up again at 8am to set up:
(Somehow we were miraculously able to fit everything into those two suit cases)
Then we spent about three hours getting everyone dressed. One of the models called and canceled the day of the show O.O, but thankfully my friend Kat (who came along merely to help set things up) allowed us to dress her up instead.
Some of our models slipped away with the photographer while my friend and I were busy dressing everyone else, and took some glamour shots. Unfortunately, they ended up loosening most of their outfits so we had to redo or hide the flaws the best we could before we went on stage! But they did end up with some beautiful shots:
Finally we got everyone dressed and ready, and it was time to do the show!
This men’s kimono is my favorite piece in the show.
Afterwards everyone took pictures and we mingled with the rest of the matsuri after changing clothes. There were kendo and dancing demonstrations, festival booths with games like pachinko, origami-making, calligraphy, and of course, food.
The model who wore my geiko hikizuri was very elegant in it!
Later on, my friend and I went walking with our group downtown. We ran into a man who started speaking Japanese to us, and we had to explain that we didn’t speak it haha. We did turn a lot of heads though!
Overall, it was a very exhausting, fun day!