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.
In this photo series by the the Oriental Wasou, we see the traditional furisode turned into a modern wedding dress.