I'll note that the story takes place just after the Meiji restoration in late 1870's Japan, which means the film is full of traditional Japanese clothing and architecture from that time. Talk about a rekindling of my love affair with Japanese design, I've fallen head over heels all over again! I was already working on this 1930's inspired red linen/rayon blend wrap dress and I knew I just had to shoot it in Denver Botanic's Japanese gardens. I paired the dress with a new-to-me vintage parasol and a Japan Airlines souvenir hand fan. I'm not sure what the fan says on the front, probably have a nice flight ;) I have always loved parasols but only ever owned one...which I have now remedied in my Japan fever as I've added three more to my collection! Opps. I love the transparency of the one I'm carrying here, and the shine of the finish. I think if I ever make it to Japan I'll go nuts buying all the touristy parasols and fans <3
You may notice that I've trimmed my bob again and dyed my hair back to it's more usual darker shade. I rarely wear my hair straight here on the blog, and it isn't really short enough to qualify as a true 30's bob for this ensemble, but it will do! I wear my hair like this to work during the week all the time as it is quicker to straighten it than curl it most mornings. I finished the outfit with more new Japanese goodies; my new Amita damascene brooch and earrings. I just love that the brooch is a maple leaf as my dad is a huge fan of Japanese maple trees and we have many in our back garden. The best part of his love for these trees is that the largest prettiest tree is just outside my sewing room window and I get to enjoy the way light plays on its leaves as they shimmer in the wind. Perfection indeed.
Have any of you ever seen Rurouni Kenshin? Anyone as crazy for Japanese design as I am right now? I am already doing mental gymnastics to figure out how I could possibly afford a trip to Japan next year...
|Dress: Made by me|
Shoes: Urban Outfitters (very old, painted gold by me)
Jewelry, Clutch, Parasol & Hand Fan: Vintage