For those of us who have never visited Japan, there is a certain mystique that surrounds this culture. It could be their Zen style of decorating, their keen sense of automobile design, or just the sheer ingenuity of sushi ; or perhaps it’s the kimono dresses and yukatas worn by both men and women. Everything about the daily lives of the Japanese seems to have been contemplated and perfected, from Ikebana gardening to Feng Shui design, Japanese disciplines are very deliberate and steeped in symbolism.
Women in Japan have had a greater influence on Western fashions than some might think. Ever since kimono dresses were first brought back to Europe and the United States, fashion designers have been intrigued by the simplicity and grace of these garments. The T-shape of the design is just the beginning of what makes them so unique.