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Fashion Style: Kimono-hime

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History

A MOOK is a "Magazine book"; a book published serially, like magazines. They are a little larger and firmer than magazines, but not so large as to be full 'books'. Kimono-Hime is a MOOK publication that first started in 2003, published by Shodensha. Each edition has about 90 pages and retails for ¥1260. The first few books were published in fairly quick succession, but then releases slowed down, to approximately one every year or two. Currently there are 10 volumes of Kimono-Hime.

The style which this particular publication promotes has come to be known by the title of the mook itself. Therefore, Kimono-Hime style is characterized by what one sees in a Kimono-Hime publication. The publication name and style is sometimes shortened to the moniker "KH".


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Style Focus

The main focus of the Kimono-Hime style is to create a modern-vintage vibe with your outfit, combining antique kimono and obi with modern western accessories. Each publication of Kimono-Hime has its own focus upon a particular aspect of the style. The title and focus of the first 6 books was an "Antique & Cheap" kimono look, with the others covering "Formal Occasions", "Yukata", "Magnificent Antiques", and the buying of various accessories. (See Kimono Hime)

Kimono-Hime style often uses:

  • Antique/vintage kimono, juban, and obi
  • Bold patterns
  • Striped/patterned socks/tabi
  • Lace
  • Multiple accessories, including gloves, necklaces, hats, scarves, hairpieces, and large bags
  • geta, okobo, or western footwear
  • Multiple layers (showing the layers, meaning the juban is longer than the kimono at hem and sleeves)
  • Patterned juban collar/haneri




Translation To Daily Wear

Because Kimono-Hime is a fashion magazine, some of the style is not practical for daily wear. (Ex: Wearing a large temari ball headpiece out to go shopping.) However, it is possible to translate the look into daily fashion-wear by incorporating parts of the style into your outfit. Some examples are: Adding a scarf, gloves, and hat to a vintage outfit. Wearing a large necklace and a floral headpiece with kimono. Wearing okobo and showing your juban at the sleeves and hem. Tying your obi musubi on the front instead of the back. You can see some examples of Kimono-Hime translated into every-day wear in the gallery below.


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Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Erica Pai (Iyolin (IG Username))
Michelle Winberry (BikaBika (IG Username))

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