Me and several other members of KDJ: Greater Washington DC went to the Hiromi Asai & Kimono Artisan Kyoto kimono fashion show at New York Fashion Week. This was the first time a kimono show has happened at NYFW, and also the very first Kickstarter-funded show as well. It was an amazing experience! I am very glad to have been able to support the show. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I doubt I will ever be on the front row of a fashion show again, so I made sure to get lots of photos to share!
I originally brought a different kimono to wear to the show, but unfortunately, it was raining so hard that the rain was coming down sideways! So i could not wear my fragile Taisho-era silk that I had planned. Luckily, the night before the show, one of our group members had given me the most amazing gift ever, a synthetic tiger-stripe kimono! Not only was it perfect because of the amazing print, but also washable, so that the rain would not ruin it! I borrowed a cheetah-print belt (which matches the damask under pattern of the kimono), black lace for my haneri collar, and a red obiage from various members of the group. Luckily, everything matched my red hair and boots. So, this outfit really was a group effort!
I had an amazing time, many of the attendees also wore kimono, and we had a lot of fun talking to them about kimono, as well as discussing with the various dressers and stylists after the show about the logistics of putting on a fashion show at NYFW. Everyone was lovely, and I met so many new kimono friends. All in all, this is one of those events that I will remember and cherish forever.