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Traditional Asian clothing create chic fusion with modern styles

Posted on May 8, 2013 | by Kimberly Schu


The clothes and accessories we wear on a daily basis usually follow the same trend and oftentimes come from an ancient tradition or specific cultural style. Lately, there has been a great deal of Asian-inspired trends in fashion. Traditional Asian clothes and designs have found their way into modern Western fashion as well.

For starters, the kimono floral print pattern is spreading like wildfire. What was once a traditional Japanese garment worn by men and women as full-length robes is now a form-fitting fashion statement.

The Japanese word kimono means to wear. The traditional kimono was a T-shaped, straight-lined robe that was simply worn on a daily basis by all members of the community. Few colors and accessories were added to this common and practical garment. Today, women purchase kimonos from various popular clothing stores to wear for special occasions.

Victoria’s Secret is featuring a floral print kimono dress for $50. This fresh floral dress channels retro style and exhibits bright colors and a tight-fitting waistline, much different than the baggier kimono robes worn in Asian culture.

Kimono are also still popular in modern-day culture, retaining the essence of the original garment while including a more revealing outline. These robes, in all styles, colors and sizes, are perfect for numerous purposes including sleepwear, bridal occasions and beach cover-ups in the summer.

Another aspect of Asian culture that has been transferred to today’s fashion world is the origami collar. This piece, which can be either purchased or handmade, certainly adds distinct details to any outfit.

To make origami collars, simply fold a piece of fabric, following a pattern of your choice to create a look that is meaningful to you and that corresponds to the shirt or dress you are planning to wear. Make the collar separately and attach it to your garment or use your T-shirt to make origami cuts by the neckline or shoulder with a pointed scissor.

Origami was originally known as the Japanese art of folding paper. Ori is the Japanese word for folding, and kami means paper. What was once a simple way of constructing interesting paper shapes has turned into a fashion trend and an art statement widely known and followed throughout the United States.

“Since I was a kid I was interested in origami,” said LSP freshman Danielle D’Onofrio. “When I first discovered how to purchase and personally create origami collars and clothing this past year, I was so excited.”

The best part of incorporating cultural traditions and appearances into modern-day style is the fact that we are preserving something beautiful.

Kimberly Schu is a staff writer. Email her at


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