by 050 Mizuki on December 1, 2014 - 1:32am
5142050 Yamamoto Mizuki
The kimono is the traditional Japanese national costume worn with a sash, or obi. It is principally made of wool, cotton and silk. Nowadays young people wear the kimono less frequently and only for special occasions, such as the New Year's Day, Coming-of-Age Day or wedding receptions. Even though it's beautiful to look at, the kimono does not allow much freedom of movement and is quite expensive compared
to Western clothes. Few young people can put on a kimono by themselves either, and
some go to kimono schools to learn how to put one on. The informal cotton kimono worn in the summer is called yukata.
The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment Nowadays, in Japan, the kimono is mainly worn by women primarily on formal, ceremonial and social occasions, while Western clothes have become the everyday clothing because of their practicality. As you may know, a kimono can be a little complicated to put on by yourself, so there are schools teaching how to do this. It probably sounds very strange that you have to go to school to learn how to put on your own traditional garment, doesn't it some schools even issue a license (effective only in each school) to dress people in kimono
If you search "kimono" on the Internet, you'll find Claude Monet's famous painting Madame Monet in a Japanese Kimono. I also found that the designer, Diane von Furstenberg, (one of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's favorite designers) uses kimono prints in her pant suits. The kimono has spread throughout the world in different styles from the Japanese one. It might be fun to dig into kimono history in English at MIT's kimono archive site. It has a lot of references.
Well, now let's look closely at the earliest kimonos. They were heavily influenced by traditional Chinese clothing, as you can see from the fact that there is another word for the kimono gofuku (literally "clothes of Wu," one the three states of China during the Three Kingdoms period.). During the Heian period, the kimono became increasingly stylized as a Japanese garment. Then, during the Edo period, the sleeves began to grow in length, especially among unmarried women, and the Obi became wider, with various styles of tying it coming into fashion.
The Japanese imperial household still uses the costumes of the Heian period for the formal occasions of coronations and weddings even today.
Conclusion Kimono is made under the influence of Chinese clothes. I thought that I was similar when I thought carefully but I think that a kimono is more popular than Chinese clothes.