Know your Kimono Fusion

By Alva Lin

Mode & Classic and New York-based kimono fashion stylist / designer, Hiromi Asai presented a kimono fashion show on Opening night of BK Fashion Weekend on September 29th, 2011. The show was a benefit for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims.

Wardrobe Stylist Hiromi Asai: “Japanese kimonos not only tell the story of a very vibrant Japanese culture, but infuse new breath into world fashion”. Creating a bold fusion between modern fashion and the classical kimono style is not an easy task, but Mode & Classic New York and a kimono fashion stylist and designer, Hiromi Asai presented new fusion styles on the stage.

Japan had an enormous earthquake / tsunami in March of 2011. A huge number of people were killed or injured. Many people lost their dreams and futures. Brooklyn Fashion Weekend and Mode & Classic wants to encourage Japanese people to move up in the fashion field. This show was organized to encourage and support the Japanese people, as well as to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims. All donations and proceeds for the show benefited the victims through the Japan Society in New York. Mode & Classic was founded in 2010 by Hiromi Asai, a kimono wardrobe stylist and designer. Mode & Classic is now recognized as one of the Kimono professionals in the world. Their pieces have made their way into major corporate advertising including Verizon Wireless, various fashion magazines and have even been featured with designer Susan Cianciolo at the New York Fashion Week 2011 Autumn/Winter collections. Recently, a collaboration in the field of fine arts was accomplished with the artist and photographer Laurie Simmons. Mode & Classic has successfully produced kimono fashion shows at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2011. Mode & Classic strives to bring the exquisite Japanese style to the global fashion arena.

Brooklyn Fashion Weekend presented by Brooklyn Style Foundation was founded in late 2004, and has emerged as a powerful new showcase for fashion talent on the verge of stardom. To overcome the dearth of opportunity and the difficulty in breaking into the fashion business, Brooklyn Style Foundation provides various opportunities for designers, stylists and models to present their talents and works to ensure that they can make a living from the work they love.

The kimono is not satisfied to remain merely a part of Japanese heritage. The kimono has become recognized universally as a formal wear that reaches beyond cultural and ethnic boundaries.

For more information, please contact: Hiromi Asai Mode & Classic LLC / Kimono Hiro in NY 475 Main Street New York NY, 10044 646-233-1487 http://www.kimonohiro.com/index_eng.html