Hand-colored photo. About 1900, Japan. . Part of a collection which belonged to journalist Holger Rosenberg, who traveled to Japan in 1903. NationalMuseum of Denmark
Hangyoku. Main detail of a photo post-card, hand-colored, 1911. Image via Blue Ruin 1 of Flickr
Kimono 11: Yukiko Hanai designed Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. Tokyo, Japan.
Another houmongi from Modern Antenna, with the model demonstrating the classic bent-knee crouch used for kimono photos.
This houmongi has the design quite high on the garment—above the knee—which lessens the formality of the piece as well as making it more youthful. The background of the kimono also has a pattern of polka dots rather than a solid color. Although this is a houmongi and technically semi-formal, it is a semi-casual semi-formal. o_O
Heh…this looks more like a flashy casual komon (everyday kimono) rather than a dressed down semi-formal houmoungi (visiting dress)
Interesting that Modern Antenna is acknowledging that not every woman wants to wear a furisode (under the older rules of kimono dressing the long-sleeved furisode are for younger unmarried women…a lady might be said to be ushing convention if she’s wearing a furisode past 30, even if she’s still single). Maybe they’re getting wise to the reality that Japan’s population is rapidly aging and their best customers in the future may not skew as young as they do know.
Haruko Watanabe’s designs for Kimonos
Hard to choose a favorite from all of these (#3 with the tumbling blocks in red yellow white grey & black is actually a haori)
#2, #3, #5 and #6. <3 <3 <3 <3