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KIMONO A-GO-GO

Can the modern fashion industry save an ancient Japanese garment?

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IN FEBRUARY, inside the midtown New York City event space Skylight at Moynihan Station, Hiromi Asai’s New York Fashion Week show looked much like others happening across the city: the throb of “Uptown Funk” filled the room as lithe models strutted down the runway; camera shutters clicked; the chic front row appeared unmoved while the crowds behind craned their necks to watch the spectacle.

But rather than wearing haute couture gowns or the latest in prêt-à-porter, the models were decked out in gorgeous, formal silk kimonos.

THAT’S A WRAP: Models wear kimonos created by Hiromi Asai during New York Fashion Week. While many designers have adapted the kimono over the years, Asai wants the style to be considered universal.
YOMIURI SHIMBUN/AP
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