Before diverting into style transfer, I posted
some pictures of this flower-decorated kimono top. Here's another with a rather different design. Like the
first, I bought it from Unicorn. It was longer, but to my non-Chinese eyes, that made it look like a dressing gown. So Unicorn shortened it for me by folding up the excess material into a hem, and sewed on a popper to close it at the waist. The result is a decorative summer top, with colouring nicely matching the Linaria growing on the wall.
Unlike with some of the clothes I've shown, I'm pretty sure that the manufacturers of this one are still going. Searching for the Chinese characters in the name, aided by Purple Culture's mouse-written Chinese input program, I found this site: https://tbg1688.1688.com/. The page mentions the Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery Factory, and that 天宝工 or TianBaoGong is its brand. Judging by the photographs, Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery make a lot of designs. This is one, and shows a kimono very similar to mine as it was before being shortened.
The heatwave — our own little slice of meteorological Paradise, weather more often imagined than granted — has ended, and temperatures have dropped by ten degrees. So to ward off any slight chill, I'm wearing a light kimono top, bought from Unicorn, over my short-sleeved shirt. It's this:
The pattern on the kimono isn't so different in colour distribution
from the Liberty print shown in my last post. The motifs — the flowers — are much bigger, however, and
I find something peculiarly satisfying about them
when displayed on screen. Particularly, here, in the final
But at the same time, the sky is now 100% cloud, and
I'm yearning to wear something more intense. And I can't
think of anything more intense than Yves Saint-Laurent's "Homage to Pablo Picasso"
dress shown halfway down this † page?
Does anyone feel
like making me a top of the same shape, but in those
† “Should Fashion Legacies Be Controlled?”,
Vogue Turkey, Suzy Menkes, 12 June 2017.