Kimono Book Launch & Style Event

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March 23rd marks the release of Dr. Sheila Cliffe’s new book, The Social Life of Kimono. Join us to celebrate this special event from 7-9pm on Thursday, March 23rd, in Minami Azabu Centre Hall 3F.

Learn more about Sheila’s 30 year study of the kimono and see kimono dressing through her eyes to understand how kimono is not only about tradition but also very much about fashion. Sheila will demonstrate how the use of color, pattern and texture change the overall look and feel of the outfit and I will be there to show you how to bring these same elements, inspired by Sheila, in to play in your everyday wardrobe. It will be a fun presentation of gorgeous textiles and accessories to excite the visually minded. You will look at your closet with renewed creativity to start the spring season in style.

In addition to the presentation and light refreshments, premium ticket holders will receive a signed copy of the book . Also in attendance on the evening will be Tokyo tailor, Melanie Uematsu. She’s the answer to developing a truly individual style when you have your vision turned into a custom-made piece. As well, our friends from Kimono Tango will be there too with a beautiful display of their bags and accessories.

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About the Author

Born in the UK and relocated to Japan in 1985, Sheila began studying stencil dyeing in 1989 and kimono dressing in 1990. She then graduated as a dresser and dressing teacher in 1992. With a Ph.D from University of Leeds 2013 on “Revising Fashion and Tradition Through the Kimono” she is currently Professor at Jumonji Women’s University and visiting lecturer at several other universities.