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Go West ! in Kimono
Coming back from Kyoto

Since coming to Japan 16 years ago, Maia Maniglier has developed a keen interest in Japanese culture and especially kimono fashion. She produced the successful exhibition "L'Estampe numerique et le Yukata" in 2003, showing a new type of summer kimonos (yukata).
Her first book in Japanese "A Parisian and kimonos" was published in May 2005 and in July 2005 she opened a 3 days ephemeral kimono shop in Kyoto.
The choice of location for the exhibition came from a common desire to be in Kyoto for the great Gion Festival in order to enjoy its famous feast. An old merchant house was choosen to exhibit the works and entertain the guests.
"Kimono go West" was a fancy kimono shop, ephemeral like the Festival, born from the imagination of a Parisian and her desire to share a special japanese feast.

The event allowed visitors to experience a kimono shop, enjoy the exhibit as visiting a friend's merchant house. The theme enlarged from cotton to silk, creating an enchanting world of modern fashion for kimono, 250 square meters of distinction, delicacy...and amusement.

Maia Maniglier aimed to renovate kimono underwear; in collaboration with her kimono concierge Kanji Nakashima they shared the theme "hidden items" : they asked artists Tatsuya OKA and Hiroshi GOTO to create works for Juban undergarnments and Ha-ura ( kimono jacket lining ) - items you rarely see but which reveals the taste and refinement of a highly cultured and educated society.
This search for refinement in what is hidden, forgotten lately by the Japanese, revives this summer with a Parisian woman who has a passion for kimonos. In collaboration she also proposed a prototype at Kyoto.

Maia Maniglier had selected fashionable artists, artisans, brands and designers to give a new impulse to kimono fashion. All visitors were awed to discover this new kimono fashion, traditional and modern, mixing orient and occident. ..
(A student came by night bus to see the event, and went back again the same evening by night bus.)

(C)2005 Nakashimaya Project