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Japanese 'Geisha' style – an international hit

Dec '05
Western fashion has never been able to resist the Eastern flavors.

Designers seek the East for inspiration.

Traditional outfits that speak of strong eastern cultures and glowing and unique textures and colors are the favorites.

Fashion in recent movie ''Memoirs of a Geisha'' is creating waves among designers and celebs alike.

Banana Republic, in conjunction with Sony Pictures, launched a line of kimono-style, sash-tie tops and dresses.

Fresh, a skin-care and cosmetics company, has its own ''Geisha'' line that touts rice- and sake-based products, whereas Icon, an accessories manufacturer, printed actual film scenes onto purses and cosmetic bags.

Colleen Atwood, costume designer of the movie, says that she used bigger and bolder colors, prints and patterns for the kimonos. The costumes were hand–finished and the garments were rich and glamorous.

Kimonos are one-piece, front-wrap, rectangular garments made from a single piece of fabric.

Atwood's kimonos were eight yards of fabric, while new book Fashioning Kimonos describes kimonos as being 13.5 yards of fabric with two long, continuous panels that wrap the body.

She says that kimonos are very pretty and comfortable. They look elegant and stylish and hence they are bound to gain popularity.

Since its just a long piece of cloth, kimono is much more versatile when it comes to colors, designs, prints and patterns.

The V-neck that it acquires is really sexy.

Eastern world uses bright and vibrant colors, like orange and purple that are not so common with the West.

Divas like Madonna and J Lo were spotted wearing kimono styled dresses while in the movie Spider-man Kristin Dunst looked gorgeous in the kimono.

Japanese wooden platform shoes called the 'getas' have become a craze too!!

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