Dare to Dream Design Awards



designer's own words:

While reflecting on what Tradition and Contemporaneity mean I envisioned two antipodean trees fed by the same root. One fights to survive over time while the other aspires to reach posterity. In order to connect both dualities I’ve created what I call the GENEALOGICAL KIMONO.

This proposal lies in the personal belief that it takes at least two generations to consider the habits from the past as time-honored manners: Tradition. And the only way to encourage modernity to embrace the cultural inheritance from the past is making a point on an emotional link directly connected with our individual story: Ancestry. Grandparents embody that cultural ligament, they are our carnal ghosts, our first distant origins, and that’s why they are the main subject of my submission.

GENEALOGICAL KIMONO innovates through graphic design the old portraits of Japanese ancestors giving them a contemporary look, a refreshing appearance that allows ancestry to face the future. Printed on a white silk kimono
forefathers become a sophisticated motif in the garment, reminding the holder that they protect us, covering our backs, wherever the Contemporaneity might lead.

Genealogical Kimono 1
Genealogical Kimono 2
Genealogical Kimono 3
Genealogical Kimono 4
Genealogical Kimono _ Prototype Collection

  • I cannot possibly pick my favorite; they are all incredible. These kimonos all maintain a beautiful balance of heritage and current day, tradition and modernism. Living in Guatemala, I see tradition and heritage around me daily, specifically in textiles. I love the story that each piece tells and I value the fact that traditional textiles (such as huilpils) are still such a part of the life and culture. These kimonos are not only aesthetically phenomenal but they are stories worth a thousand words and they should be recognized as such…I can’t even imagine if I had a work of art such as this that I could hang in the center of my home and which simultaneously honored my very own ancestors. Brava to this artist who’s vision is undoubtedly special and unique!

    Feb 17, 2015
  • Dressing up made of feelings, love it! such an alive creation, dreaming about wearing these kimonos.

    Feb 14, 2015
  • I love Kimono 3 and have a special crush for the Kimono with the pink pattern and the one with the couple seating and kindly looking at each other. Gorgeous pieces! This is true our ancestors are part of us, sometimes even without us being fully aware of it…. And part of growing and making our own path is finding the balance between keeping this heritage and developing our own meaning of life. This is a very meaningful, substantial and beautiful project!

    Feb 11, 2015
  • Kimono #1 looks amazing!

    Feb 10, 2015
  • great project, congrats !

    Omar Aguirre
    Feb 09, 2015
  • Fantastic project! Very creative, yet naturally traditional. Congratulations!

    Marie Soundy
    Feb 09, 2015
  • My favorite one is #1. What a beautiful thought and belief translated into an every day item to wear.

    Feb 09, 2015

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