Asian Brides Are Turning Traditional Kimonos Into Awesome Wedding Dresses.
In Japan, the furisode is a kimono worn by young women on Coming of Age Day, held the second Monday of January the year they turn 20.
Characterized by fine silk, colorful patterns and swinging sleeves, these formal articles of clothing help signify a woman's status as single as well as her transition to adulthood. They're usually handmade and expensive — from $1,000 to more than $20,000 depending on the type — and parents are usually the ones to purchase them. There's also the options of renting, which will set you back $500 to $2,200 in fees per day, or buying secondhand.
It isn't unusual to splurge on a young woman's special day. This is seen in many cultures; in Quinceañeras celebrated throughout the Americas, the Filipino debut and sweet 16 parties. While each of these days is treasured, they can be as costly as a wedding.
Now, a company called Oriental Wasou is repurposing the furisode kimono into a wedding dress. The way they do it is simple; they transform the kimono into a sleeveless dress. See some examples below.
Japan is a great place to enjoy traditional and modern art alongside one another, from architecture to fashion.
In this photo series by the the Oriental Wasou, we see the traditional furisode turned into a modern wedding dress.
In theory, the idea might sound like an automatic fail.
One might wonder why you would try to change something that's been around for hundreds of years. Well, the furisode wasn't always worn by young, unmarried women. It was first introduced in the mid-1500s as clothing for middle- and upper-class children.
The furisode emphasizes a woman's youth and femininity.
Compared to other kimonos, the furisode usually has playful and floral designs like this one. It's the most formal dress a young woman could wear in Japan.
What's the meaning behind "furisode"?
One of the biggest features that sets the furisode apart from other types of kimonos are the long hanging sleeves. They often reach the ankles or calves. The word furisode literally translates into "swinging sleeves."
Here's the reasoning behind the oriental wasou.
The furisode indicates that a young woman has reached a desirable marital age. With the sleeves tucked away, the design is not only modern it is also symbolic; it says that she is no longer available.
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