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Kimonos Meet American Vintage: Fashion Show & Lecture in Culver City

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By Adrienne Dorsey / Special to LAist

Today Royal/T will host the Kimono Girl Retro Pop x American Vintage event to showcase Japanese kimonos past and present with a special fashion show and lecture. Kimono stylist/author Rinko Kimino will discuss the historical background from the Taisho era to modern-day kimonos that blend American vintage, retro, and pop fashion with the traditional style.

With the new freedom of fashion and foreign influences during the Taisho (1912-1926) and early Showa eras (pre-war), kimonos became more vibrant with bold colors and intricate patterns. Kimino, who has authored several books on kimono fashion and other Japanese traditions, will show the mix and merge of East and West fashion- and what Japanese girls are wearing today. In addition to the fashion show and lecture, photographs and kimonos will be on display, as well as vendors selling Japanese merchandise, sweets, and nail art.

Free admission, doors open at 3 p.m. Fashion show begins at 6:30 p.m. Royal/T Café, 8910 Washington Blvd. in Culver City. For more information, check out the event's website.