Obi-Tying Demonstration at Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 19, 2014 (Sun) 4:00pm-4:30pm at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
At Metroplitan Museum of Art, I will give “Obi-Tying Demonstration”. This is a related event of Japanese Kimono Exhibition,Kimono: a Modern History. Also it’s a part of Sunday at the Met program. Please come & enjoy an art of Obi-Tying technique!

Sunday at the Met (Sunday, October 19)
Kimono:a Modern History

Welcome and Introduction
3:00–3:05 p.m.
John T. Carpenter, Curator, Department of Asian Art, MMA

Free Lecture
Kimono and Modernism: Old Is New Again
3:05–3:30 p.m.
Sharon S. Takeda, Senior Curator and Department Head, Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Free Lecture
Imagination and Creation: The Kimono’s Influence on Fashion
3:30–4:00 p.m.
Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator, The Kyoto Costume Institute

Free Lecture
Obi-Tying Demonstration
4:00–4:30 p.m.
Emi Kikuchi, Kimono Experience

1.Furisode (traditional) -model: Mako Ito
2.Furisode (contemporary) -model: Yuko Nagasue
3.Homongi -model: Akiko Tokuoka
4.Shiromuku (bridal) -model: Azumi Tsutsui

Staff: Michiko Sipell (kitsuke assistant), Akiyo Koyama (hair&makeup), Yumiko Sensui (hair&makeup,kitsuke), Yukari Mizuuchi (hair, kitsuke)

Formento+formento for LovesArt at Hotel Maccarren

September 14, 2014

Worked with Mr.Bj Fomentoand Mrs.Richeille Formento for a live Kitsuke & photo session at Hotel Maccarren in Brooklyn. My assistant was Ms.Nami Takagi. Thank you, Nami! The event started at 5pm, my slot was from 7pm to 9pm. Kimono used in the photos (Furisode, obi, wig & hair accessories) are from Mrs.Formento’s collection…beautiful!! Man’s kimono and bride’s accessories are from Kimono Experience. The coordination was made almost on site with Mrs.Formento, it was thrilling and exciting. Mr.Foment’s shooting was amazing…I was impressed by his direction for the models. Photos below is by courtesy of Mr.Bj Formento.
Creative Direction: Richeille Formento Shibari Artist: Bunny Lee Kimono Artist: Emi Kikuchi Make Up: Marina Guidos Hair: Joey Oso Model: Daria Protsenko, Anastasia Vilkova & James Mao

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Photo by Bj Formento