Editor’s note: Mari Rodríguez Ichaso has been a contributor to Vanidades magazine for several decades. She is a specialist in fashion, travel, gastronomy, art, architecture and entertainment, film producer and style columnist for CNN en Español. The opinions expressed in this column are solely his own. Read more opinion pieces at cnne.com/opinion.
(CNN Spanish) – Kimono-inspired garments – which for hundreds of years have been a hallmark of Japan – are super trendy and in many cases are like new blazers and jackets ideal for summer days 2021!
Wonderfully feminine, they have a charming allure of a seductive woman, as well as being ideal for all body types with their enveloping and free air.
They have always fascinated me, and when great designers like Saint Laurent and Miyake included them in their collections, I always applauded their attempts to add that Asian touch to fashion. It was beautiful.
According to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/kimono Their history is very interesting because it is believed that they originated in Japan centuries ago and they often wear designs such as the crane, which is a symbol of good luck and longevity. Its name literally means “a thing to wear”, and in the 16th century it began to be used by both sexes as a common garment – or as part of underwear. In the middle of the 19th century, the term kimono began to be used.
Its history began in Japan in the Heian period (794-1192), its use grew in the Edo period (1603 to 1868) and it became the costumes of the famous samurai warriors. A long and fascinating journey!
There are short or long kimonos – and they can be tied in various ways – but nowadays (checking stores and websites) there are plenty of garments inspired by this traditional dress that do not have belts, or bows (which in Japanese they call them Obi), and they remain loose. , open and as comfortable tunics or jackets. There are beauties and super affordable prices!
But its fabrics and patterns are the most attractive of all – with colors and textiles of pure dream. Silk (of course) plus sheer chiffon. Just like the more practical polyester that really looks like silk. And the simplest of cotton.
For example, I love to wear kimonos over my swimsuit, as they look “chic” as well as being excellent “cover-ups” or bathing suits — just like a simple set of a “camisole” and straight pants, both black or white. but always in a monochromatic tone or solid color— and thus the color and the fabric of the kimono will shine more and will be the star of your wardrobe!