The first is Charles Frederick Worth. This English designer began to incorporate wide sleeves and loose forms inspired by the kimono into his designs, reflecting the rise of the Japanism movement – a term used to talk about the influence of Japanese art on Western art.
The introduction of the kimono made a huge impact on the fashion world. A garment previously reserved for geishas, the kimono burst onto the catwalks.
Throughout history, great designers created pieces inspired by the Japanese kimono: Madeleine Vionnet, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, John Galiano, Kenzo Takada…
The kimono climbed up the catwalk… and the stages.
Art that Accompanies you: the Kimono’s Influence on Music
Fashion and music. Expression and creativity. The taste for a garment so special and free as the kimono is also appreciated in the world of music. In the 1970s, David Bowie – with designer Kansai Yamamoto – adopted the kimono several times as part of his stage wardrobe. His silk cape with kanji letters on his “Ziggy Stardust” tour is stuck in our memory. Bowie turned to the kimono to challenge gender norms and visual perception.
And how could we not to mention Madonna? In her video clip “Nothing Really Matters”, on her Re-Invention Tour… Madonna wears kimonos with her unique provocative style, proving that the kimono is a versatile garment, capable of adapting to a variety of concepts and shows.
Nor can we forget Freddie Mercury and his Japanese-style silk kimono, adorned with traditional motifs and vibrant colors, which he wore on his “A Night at the Opera” tour.
For her part, the singer Björk, throughout her career, has fused Japanese aesthetics with her peculiar artistic vision. The kimono dress by Alexander McQueen she wore for the cover of her album Homogenic is the perfect example.
And talking about how the kimono is worn today, we can mention singers who choose kimonos in their day-to-day lives as a sign of artistic expression, creativity, and personality. We could mention, for example: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Rosalia, Natalia Lacunza, or Aitana… to name but a few music stars who know that the kimono is a perfect choice, since it never goes out of style.
Because of that, and because of how special it is, the kimono is trending time and again.
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