Loose and enveloping, layered under coats, or effortlessly wrapped up as a dress. Originally making their way from China to Japan in the 3rd century, Kimonos have become a modern-day wardrobe essential.

We can’t pass up a minimalist, black kimono with dramatic sleeves from the 1990s, but also love traditional printed and embroidered Japanese or Chinese kimonos and robes, and seeking out beautiful prints from the 1920s to more recent designer interpretations.

Brands to look for: Romeo Gigli, Yves Saint Laurent, Normal Kamali, Issey Miyake (Plantation), Dries Van Noten, Kenzo and traditional Japanese kimonos, or Chinese robes.

Key decades: antique - 1990s 

Fabrics: Silk, viscose, rayon or cotton.  

Style notes: Find a print or embroidery you love and let this piece be a statement.


Photography_ Jon Ervin

Styling_ Gabrielle Marceca

Text_ Hanna Canham

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