Talk Session by Two Kimono Stylists: Kimono to the World

A US-based kimono stylist, Hiromi Asai, and Japan-based kimono stylist, Eriko Otake, talk about kimono and kimono styling in celebration of Rinpa 400th anniversary in Kyoto, Japan on March 28, 2015.
By: Hiromi Asai: Kimono Hiro in FL & NY/MODE & CLASSIC
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NEW YORK - March 15, 2015 - PRLog -- The talk session by two kimono stylists, a US-based, Hiromi Asai, and Japan-based, Eriko Otake, is held in celebration of Rinpa 400th anniversary at Gallery Sora Kagiya in Gion, Kyoto, Japan on March 28, 2015 at 2 pm. This talk session is held as a featured event of the kimono exhibition, sponsored and displayed by Kimono Artisan Kyoto.

Rinpa (which can also be spelled "Rimpa") is a term which refers to a distinctive style of Japanese art which arose in the early 17th century. Rinpa artists worked in various formats: screens, fans and hanging scrolls, lacquerware, ceramics, and kimono textiles. Rinpa art is characterized by boldness, simplification, and abbreviation, and predicts the trend of the modern art and design. 2015 is the 400th anniversary of Rinpa.

Kimono is a Japanese sophisticated garment with a long history, over one thousand years. Kimono culture and art flourished about 300-400 years ago at the same time as Rinpa flourished. Since then, Rinpa hugely affects kimono design and motifs up to the present time.

Hiromi Asai, a representative of Kimono Hiro in FL and NY (MODE & CLASSIC), works as a wardrobe stylist for various fashion magazines and advertisements, based in US. Hiromi Asai successfully produced many kimono fashion shows in US and Europe. Hiromi Asai always creates various styles from traditional to modern fusion, featuring kimono.

Eriko Otake worked for various media, magazines, advertisements, and TV programs, based in Japan. Eriko Otake is also distinguished as an author of  several kimono books. Eriko Otake expands her activity to various fields related to kimono.

On this talk session, two prominent kimono stylists, who work in US and Japan, respectively, talk about kimono and kimono styling. They will focus on "Kimono to the future" and "Kimono to the world" and actively discuss about them.


[Details of the event]

Talk session by two kimono stylists, based in US and Japan

*Date and Time
March 28, 2015
2 pm - 3 pm

Gallery Sora Kagiya
Gion-machi Minami-gawa Hana-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-City, Kyoto, 605-0074 Japan

* Fee

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[About Hiromi Asai and MODE & CLASSIC]

Hiromi Asai ( is a US-based kimono stylist and designer. She, born in Tokyo, grew up surrounded by traditional Japanese culture. In University, she studied traditional Japanese theater and its fashion, which gave her a deeper appreciation for the history of the kimono. To acquire more skills and knowledge about the kimono, she learned kimono styling and traditional Japanese dressmaking at the kimono fashion academy. She became a certified master kimono instructor and started working as a professional kimono stylist.

After she came to New York City in 2008, she started her styling business as Kimono Hiro in NY. Then she founded MODE & CLASSIC LLC in 2010. MODE & CLASSIC is now recognized as a unique kimono styling / design company in the United States.

Her activity attracts attention in the United States, as the interview appeared in The New York Times ("Wrestling the silk" in April, 2009) and the opinion about kimono fashion was published in The International Herald Tribune / New York Times ("Liberate the kimono" in March, 2011).

Hiromi Asai and Mode & Classic created various fashion & art pieces featuring kimono for advertisements (Verizon Wireless in 2009), fashion magazines, films and TV programs. Hiromi Asai and Mode & Classic also gave kimono demonstrations across the States. Hiromi Asai collaborated with a designer, Susan Cianciolo to produce fantastic styles at New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011collection. The collaboration in the art field was accomplished with a visual artist and photographer, Laurie Simmons, to create a film: Geisha Song and a series of photos: The Love Doll. In addition, Hiromi Asai and Mode & Classic successfully produced a series of kimono fashion shows at Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2011. Mode & Classic is expanding the world-wide business for kimono fashion design and styling. Furthermore, Hiromi Asai and MODE & CLASSIC present seasonal fashion collection featuring kimonos, starting as "FUSION" for Spring/Summer 2012 at BK Fashion Weekend.

In 2013, Hiromi Asai opened a new studio "Kimono Hiro in FL" in South Florida. Hiromi Asai offers various services related to kimono and Japanese fashion in New York as well as in Florida. Hiromi also produces the kimono fashion show at Miami Beach Botanical Garden in 2015.

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[About Kimono Artisan Kyoto]

Kimono Artisan Kyoto is a determined association of textile artisans who use age-old techniques such as Kyo-Yuzen, Surigata-Yuzen, Kyo-Shu, Kyo-Kanoko Shibori, and Nishijin-ori to make kimono, the traditional dress of Japan. As bearers of a world-renowned cultural industry, we hope to create “a kimono lifestyle” where everyone has their own unique piece to enjoy in their daily lives. In the old capital of Kyoto, we have tied together an association of talented and professional artisans for “kimono-making” that will be valued today.

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