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Vintage Silk Cream and Gold Shibori Bamboo Print Reversible Kimono Jacket
As Japanese designers began to become more prominent in the global scale of fashion, a resurgence of desire for oriental styles reemerged in the mid-century to the 1970s. Notably different from the close fitting, and more tailored styles of the west, kimono, the traditional garb of Japan provided a stunning contrast to the western norm especially as world cultures increasingly melded together.
Done from a silk shibori, this kimono jacket is done in the Haori style, a shorter version of the more commonly known kimonos. On a muted gold ground, melodic stripes of burnt-orange and yellow-orange streak across the fabric giving it a warm aesthetic that contrasts the delicate drape of the silk. A soft shoulder gently careens into the voluminous dropped sleeve. With no closures, this jacket can be exquisitely styled with a dainty belt or sash, or can be worn open to take full advantage of the dramatic drape.
Size estimate: One size fits most
Sleeves: 23 (measured from the neckline)
Bust, waist, hips: 50 inches
Fully lined, the interior dons a cream silk lining with softly printed shoots of bamboo done in sepia. For a more unexpected look, the kimono can be worn reversibly to showcase the demure printed silk on the interior. In excellent condition, this kimono has been professionally cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.