Designers have also been inspired by the “obi,” an elaborate sash that is often worn to cinch kimono dresses at the waist. Other fashion merchandisers have marveled at the traditional Japanese patterns that have become the hallmark of kimonos. These include cranes, cherry blossoms, bamboo designs, Japanese woodcut prints and calligraphy prints, all emblazoned on colorful silk fabrics.
Over the years, kimono dresses have influence women’s fashions in many parts of the world, with designers mimicking the “T” shape of these garments in the design of coat dresses, smocks and belted shirtdresses. While many of these dresses are considered “haute couture” they have inspired fashion buyers everywhere. Even some modern wedding dresses are modeled after Japanese kimono dresses.
Like many other Japanese products, kimono dresses have been elevated to an art form. Prominent Japanese families often pride themselves on their elaborate collections, many of which have become family heirlooms. Women who wish to own a piece of Japanese tradition can still find a fantastic selection of authentic kimono dresses when shopping at Chopa.com. One of the best examples of kimono dresses on sale today is the Purple Royal Peacock Kimono, which features beautiful peacocks and rich gold accents among scattered cherry blossoms, all against a purple background.
Many of these beautiful kimono dresses are featured in a new video on Chopa.com, the web site best known for its extensive collection of Zen and Japanese furnishings and accessories.