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Hatsumomo's Fire Dress & Kimono Coat

Added May 18, 2013

by JPGagnon

Grand Rapids, Mi...






This is one of my garments for my collection called, “For the Pleasures of Searing Water.” The collection was for our student show this year and the theme was “The Movies.” I was inspired by the movie (And book), “Memoirs of a Geisha.” I wanted to take Geisha history and motifs and apply them with modern contemporary western fashion trends.

This coat and dress was inspired by the fiery character, Hatsumomo, who serves as one of the “Villains” in the movie.

Material Notes

The dress is 100% wool jersey and is secretly belted to cinch in the sides of the waist while allowing the drape in the front. The dress was draped and then finished with flat patterning.

The kimono coat was flat patterned and was created by overlapping two different lace fabrics on top of a champagne lining. Swarovski crystals were sewn to add sparkle and help keep the three layers together. Faux leather cuffs are lined with a red silk dupioni.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic
Leather/Fur, Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins, Polyester, Silk, Wool

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    May 23, 2013, 04.47 AMby smallone

    wow your work is all pretty amazing!…particularly love the simplicity of the lines in this one….oh and the juxtaposition of fabrics…really lovely!

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      May 23, 2013, 05.26 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you so much!!! :)

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    May 22, 2013, 04.33 PMby mudcloth100

    is there a patteren for this dress? I would like to make one with the coat.. Love the look so soft and comfortable looking, easy to wear.

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      May 23, 2013, 05.26 AMby JPGagnon

      I might be able to make the pattern into one that you can make yourself. It’s very easy to sew because I eliminated a lot of the complexities. If I add it I will definitely let you know! :)

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    May 18, 2013, 09.13 PMby asako

    Ooooooo……love this dress in every ways.

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      May 19, 2013, 01.11 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you so much! :)

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    May 18, 2013, 06.31 PMby martinK

    I like the way the neckline falls like an origami paper. Interesting detail is the hidden belt. amazing shoes but a poor girl who has to walk on them :-)

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      May 18, 2013, 06.34 PMby JPGagnon

      The shoes look insane but the girls walked in them like they were nothing. My male model wore pair too and I tried them on to find out they were pretty easy. You kind of walked on your toes and leaning back a lot was out of the question!

      I wanted to find a modern take on the wooden wedges Geishas wear. :)

      Thanks for compliments too, Martin!

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