Kitsuke Dressing: The Performances

One yukata.
One kendo set.
Two men’s kimono.
Three hakama.
Six women’s kimono.
Ten obi.
Fifteen chances to dress people in kimono.
Hundreds of himo, korin belts, tabi, and other accessories.

This has been my life every Saturday and Sunday for the past three weeks.  I wrote about this experience earlier here.  Basically, the foreign community in my area put on an annual English musical, and this year I was the official kimono dresser.  I raided my kimono closet to dress ten people in kimono.  Five of those people I had to dress twice during each show, with the shortest turn around time being two minutes.  It was exhausting, stressful, but a also a great experience that I’d love to do again.  It was great experience in dressing others, and I got really fast at it too!  I just wanted to share some of the photos that various people took during the past few weeks.

Working on tying hakama.

Working on tying hakama.  I was half dressed myself when people started to finish with their makeup, so I had to stop dressing myself and start dressing everyone else.

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She's so small I have the opposite problem to what I usually have, too much fabric!  I have to tie the waistbelt around her ribcage for the ohashori to end up in the right place.

She’s so small I have the opposite problem to what I usually have, too much fabric! I have to tie the waistbelt around her ribcage for the ohashori to end up in the right place.

The Daimyo and his bodyguards.  I had to learn how to tie a hakama pretty quickly to dress these three.

The Daimyo and his bodyguards. I had to learn how to tie a hakama pretty quickly to dress these three.

I love those hakama!

I love those hakama!

Four of my kimono people.  The three ladies I dressed in eight minutes just before this photo was taken.  The hems are a mess, but I'm happy with the collars!

Four of my kimono people. The three ladies I dressed in eight minutes just before this photo was taken. The hems are a mess, but I’m happy with the collars!

Celebrating after a successful show.

Celebrating after a successful show.

These are only a few of the photos I have.  The rest of them are on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/readysetkimono

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3 thoughts on “Kitsuke Dressing: The Performances

  1. Just came across your Ig site and this site! Marvelous!!! I’m a big fan of the kimono and been searching how to buy one online without breaking the bank. Nothing too special, i just want to wear on a normal day..and risk getting stares of people here in Dubai! How do I keep in touch with you? Thinking of studying design in Japan but I dont speak the language.

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