Kimono – luscious silks, vibrant patterns, and iconic silhouettes – remain Japan’s most historic and distinctive mode of dress.
In this exclusive course, master designer and stylist to the stars of Japanese film and TV — Nobuaki Tomita — takes you through the Nishijin weaving district in Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto and into the heart of his own storied atelier.
Tomita shares the stories behind some of his favorite designs, from chocolate-dyed silk to golden sakura to the kimono he designed to wear in throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
And of course, he shows you how to dress & wear these iconic and timeless garments.
Plus, Tomita’s tips for innovating in ways to both respect tradition, while forging new relevance today, from red carpets, to diplomatic celebrations.
What you get
- 11 video sessions (84 minutes) covering kimono styling and dressing for daily use, plus TV & film costuming.
- Encounter four priceless kimonos (and their backstories) designed by the teacher himself, plus “kitsuke” (dressing technique).
- Get a never-before-seen glimpse into a storied weaving house in the narrow streets of Nishijin, center of an incredible network of artisans in the kimono industry for the past 500 years.
- Learn how Tomita-sensei broke into the Japanese entertainment industry and landed his first position as stylist to the stars, then graduated into designing some of the world’s most eye-catching kimonos.
- Streaming access across mobile and desktop devices
- Live Q&A session with Tomita-sensei coming spring 2023.
What makes this course special
Tomita often lectures at fashion and arts universities or Japanese cultural institutions or embassies, but this is the first time ever he’s laid out his role & involvement in each step in the complex world of designing, making, and styling kimono.
In addition to teaching why a single custom-designed kimono can cost upwards of $100,000, you’ll form a new appreciation for the countless hours from many hands that go into making these one-of-a-kind pieces of couture.
You’ll go deep into the narrow streets of Nishijin, center of an incredible network of artisans in the kimono industry for the past 500 years to watch a storied weaving house at work: thread-making and weaving with some of the last artisans with knowledge that is fast disappearing in these changing times.
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