- Title: Tokyo Fashion Week kicks off with kimono-inspired show
- Date: 15th October 2019
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 14, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** YOSHIKI AND MODELS WITH KIMONO-INSPIRED OUTFITS POSING FOR PHOTOS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN AND FASHION DESIGNER YOSHIKI, SAYING: "I was wondering, how could, I stimulate the kimono culture, so I decided to actually combine rock-and-roll taste, or something punk-rock, or even animation, today you know." KIMONO WITH COMIC CHARACTER DESIGN (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN AND FASHION DESIGNER YOSHIKI, SAYING: "I got this influence about lot of musicians of music from West. But, after 30 years rock is like part of the life." KIMONO WITH ANIMATION DESIGN (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN AND FASHION DESIGNER YOSHIKI, SAYING: "One of my missions can be spreading the kimono culture throughout the world, including Japan." YOSHIKI LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 29th October 2019 02:04
- Keywords: Tokyo Fashion Week Yoshiki Yoshikimono fashion kimono runway Tokyo Japan
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA002B17HCGD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Rock met kimonos as Tokyo Fashion Week kicked off on Monday (October 14) with a dazzling runway show that put a modern twist on the traditional Japanese garment.
Models hit the catwalk in kimono-inspired outfits ranging from colourful shoulderless mini-dresses with tall boots to full-length animation-print kimonos with "geta" clogs as rock star-turned-designer Yoshiki played the piano.
Yoshiki, who comes from a family that ran a kimono fabric store, launched his Yoshikimono brand about 10 years ago with the aim of fusing tradition and innovation to introduce the iconic clothing to a broader population.
"I was wondering, how could I stimulate kimono culture, so I decided to combine rock-and-roll taste, or something punk rock, or even animation," Yoshiki told reporters after the show on Monday.
"After 30 years rock is part of life," said the co-founder of rock group X-Japan. He also said "one of my missions can be spreading kimono culture throughout the world, including Japan."
Coming from a music background, Yoshiki said he was still learning and seeking advice from the fashion industry.
Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo runs through Oct. 20 with 42 brands participating.
(Production: Kohei Miyazaki, Hideto Sakai, Akiko Okamoto)
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