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Hagoromo

Erina Kashihara

 Tradition meets technology by combining an old cultural story with new technology.

Photography: Rafal Wegiel Photography | Models: Danuta Darling and Simone Zabik | Makeup: Lyana Gibert

Photography: Rafal Wegiel Photography | Models: Danuta Darling and Simone Zabik | Makeup: Lyana Gibert

“For a long time, I have had an image about the KIMONO. There is an early Japanese legend with “The celestial maiden’s brilliant dance scene wearing a robe of feathers”. This is one of my favorite Japanese legends.”

“Using today’s technology, I thought to create a glowing new KIMONO inspired by the “brilliant celestial robe dance” in the legend. Also, I hope to find a new side of art by layering an old cultural story on top a new short life technological image. The scene of this smoky glow around her dress through the layers of transparent thin organdy KIMONO and the particles of light swirling with her movement, embodies my image of “brilliant celestial robe dance”. In this show, I would like to present two illuminated kimono works with simple modern japanese dance style and these kimono lights react with her hand-held fan motion sensor. My wish is incorporate the beauty and tradition of the KIMONO with the needs and technology of today for tomorrow.”

– Erina Kashihara, Designer

Technical Information:

  • LEDs
  • Optical Fiber Textile
  • Kimonos are covered by laying extra fine thin thread organdy’s KIMONO as a soft interpretation of the ceremonial attire of a Japanese court lady

The Hagoromo Team is:

  • Erina Kashihara: Artist, Designer.
  • Osamu Iwasaki: Engineer
  • Ayumi Yamamoto: Composer
  • Emiko Tutumi: Dress maker

Photography: Kelly Hofer | Models: Danuta Darling and Simone Zabik | Makeup: Lyana Gibert

Photography: Kelly Hofer | Models: Danuta Darling and Simone Zabik | Makeup: Lyana Gibert

Photography: Kelly Hofer | Models: Danuta Darling and Simone Zabik | Makeup: Lyana Gibert

Photography: Kelly Hofer | Models: Danuta Darling and Simone Zabik | Makeup: Lyana Gibert