Thursday, August 30, 2007
I've been stockpiling funky vintage kimonos ever since I moved to Singapore (see, for example, here) and have slowly transformed -- with the help of a tailor -- a few of them into cool wrap dresses… that I haven't actually worn yet. (For no particular reason, other than I just hadn't been in the mood.) But, I'm inspired to finally break them out by Hope Atherton's vintage kimono mini, as seen on Style.com's weekly best-dressed list. The length is what's key—if you're looking to convert an old kimono, take it to the tailor and get it chopped pretty short to balance out all that fabric up top. And, be sure to have them make a long belt out of the leftovers to help cinch it into something shapely and less bathrobe-like, a la Hope.
I'm looking for a photo of Hope's dress from the front, if anyone's seen one – I just haven't quite nailed the neckline and I'm wondering how she wore it. Domo arigato for your help.