Emperor Enthronement Ceremony

No edited ceremony….Thank you ANN news 🙂
Heisei era to Reiwa era’s official Emperor Enthronement Ceremony.
It was just beautiful ceremony. Emperor will be duty as a symbole of the state.
More than 180 countries guests are witnessed this ceremony.
May wish for Reiwa era will be peaceful.

https://www.sankei.com/main/topics/main-36550-t.html

Kimono….again

I honestly can’t wait to see this exhibition at V&A in February 2020.

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/oct/09/va-hosts-europes-first-major-exhibition-on-kimono?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1dz1-b51pK7GvH8f6e_Qu0tOIZhpwe6JWUSPrYFCzO14DnLz2YodLC2sg

Exhibits will include a dress designed by Alexander McQueen for Björk

Exhibits will include a dress designed by Alexander McQueen for Björk 🙂

Bjork album image Kimono by Alexander McQueen was sensecional that image was so strong and got inspired so much, decided to make my own version one day.

I got married in 1997.
I was working at Philip Treacy at that time.
We had a rented flat in Angel before we had wedding.

I was puttig the curtain not showing to Kevin while I was working on my wedding outfit.
I didn’t know but it is very bad luck  in the UK making own wedding dress or ( that explains a lot ; ) ) show your wedding outfit to your husband to be before the wedding day.

White 100% Silk Embroidered Taffeta and Gold embroidered silk satin ( Chinese ).

I had a beautiful Obi in Shu red (Vermillion Red ) that colour is perfect for Japanese image.

So when we decided to book the register office, I already made my dress idea that will be fusion Kimono deluxe ( my ultimate bespoke dress )!!

Picture is great! They never get old 🙂 It will be almost 22nd Anniversary soon 🙂

Excuse me from the bathroom of Russel Hotel 🙂 but this is the only shot I could get from top to toe my proud DIY job with Fantastic gift from Master Philip Treacy’s headpiece…..My 1950’s sandal, Satin bag and lace gloves 50’s at Angel’s Antique market. Japanese pearl necklace and handfan with Luck charm ( Omamori ). my nail was light blue- Something Blue 🙂

Kevin with wee Jamie in Kilt, he was 7 years very cute boy but he will be dad of son very soon! I am wearing beautiful Kimono lent from Maestro Philip Treacy…that is £30.000 worth Wedding Kimono from Japan. Thank you billion times for fantastic gift, my dad said I could be a bamboo doll with out them 🙂

Before returning this to Philip, I wanted to do this “Mikaeri Bijin?!” pose 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

「見返り 美人」の画像検索結果

Hishikawa Moronobu ” Mikaeri Bijin Zu” at Tokyo National Museum

Process of design…

Hi,

I got some suvenior from Japan when I went to Aberdeen. Thank you very much for beautiful stuff…

From left Paralympic Game Leaflet, Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 pin badge, Yoseki Handcraft book mark ( Mr, Mrs Yamazaki’s gift ), Greentea in the compact containe (Mr, Mrs. Yamazaki’s gift )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about the design process….
Design = a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made.

Design is the skill of making plans or drawings for something:

Design is also the way in which something is arranged or shaped:

to intend for a particular purpose:

(Reference from Cambridge Dictionary)

Just seeing picture above, is only the example.  But seeing all similar idea process.

Using everything put together and arrange to team up, result is beautiful harmony….

I would love to do those jobs as my life time achievement….

Yoseki Craft is Ancient Japanese methods, asorted segment of woods carefuly put together to make beautiful pattern then slice very thin paper like sheets to decorate of the wood craft surface. ( Image from Instagram.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimono and hat

Hi,

I had an opportunity to experiment a demonstration of my passion hat and kimono!

I love Traditional Kimono, but living in Scotland, there is not so much occasion to wear them.

And also there are lots of rules for dressing Kimono.

And I see the product so called Kimono in the shops all over, I disagree with those are called Kimono….

I was wondering there are so many traditional Kimono what you can purchase in Japan, which have much more detailed design and beautiful colours.

I love the traditional way of dressing Kimono, but one you are not specialized dressing the Kimono, it is hard to wear traditional way…

So, I use my Japanese Kimono ( They are produced in Japan as Traditional Kimono ) dressing with accessories you can find in your wardrobe.

Mrs. Yamazaki is founder’s wife of this event all over from Japan. She said she got lots of complements at the Sainsbury’s as she was wearing Kimono before the demonstration!!

How wonderful is that! 🙂

Reiko is wearing beautiful ivory casual komon houmon-gi and deep crown straw cloche with lace trimming with lace skirf and lace gloves. Instead of Obi sash belt, using knitted scarf and cotton flower printed scarf as obiage belt which are tied around hipborne for 20’s style. Pixie is wearing beautiful chrysanthemum motif houmon-gi kimono. Gorgeious Fukuroobi is tied in front. Wearing my handblocked sinamay 50’s style shallow crown hat.

Everybody!! who helped me for the demonstration!! at beautiful Trinity Hall in Aberdeen. Everyone enjoyed different themself! Ane me( on the left ) and Chika ( on the right )were wearing Haori ( kimono over coat )! Thank you guys!

Reiko is wearing elegant Ivory komon houmon-gi Pixie is wearing gorgeous gold chrysanthemum motif houmon-gi Bijoux is wearing Yukata ( Summer kimono for casual occasion ) what her mum Chika was dressing with my handblocked sinamay roses headpiece. Ruth is weraing beautiful lilac houmon-gi underneath, peticote, and cummerband and thin belt with chiffon scarf with my handblocked silver cocktail hat is matching with cummerband.

Jeniffer is wearing bow tie blouse and wool kommon ( small patterned motif as design ) kimono which is drapped on the back as bustle style and wide pants with thin belt in front. and my hand blocked felt hat with big phesant trimming. Pixie is waking with my handblocked ivory 50’s style hat.

Mrs. Yamazaki is wearing Camellia motif wool kimono. with thin belt with knitted shawl. My handblocked wool felt topper is really suiting her.

Mrs. Yamazaki said she was wearing this at Sainsbury and people are complementing how she was wearing and relaxed looking.

Beautiful light blue kimono and lime houmon-gi with handblocked sinamay big brim Hatinator. Ruth is wearing lilac houmon-gi.

Neo Tokyo vs Tokyo in 2019

After visitend Manga exhibition in British Museum in London, made me feel like watching Akira again….

To be honest I forgot detail of the story, but I got goose bumps after watching…

Story is situated in 2019 Neo Tokyo after the World War 3, Akira was started in the comic book in 1982, and film was released in 1988.

And scary thing is next year is Olympic year in the story…

Tokyo,,,certainly wasn’t like after the World War 3 like story of Akira.

But we don’t know where we are heading to…I felt Tokyo is very different from when I used to live…

Only we know is next year is Tokyo Olympic 2020, that is same as Akira’s story…

We humen have power to create incredible creation, but how we use and control is always the problem.

Let’s hope we humen are powerful enough to make the world kind to humen and life in general!

Tokyo Olympic stadium in the film it made 30 years ago…

 

 

 

 

How similar to 35 years old comic book image?! Real Tokyo Olympic stadium constraction site early stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was reading up about Katsuhiro Otomo who created Akira…
He is defenetly hybrid of dad!! Beautiful work and strong motif.
His son Shohei Otomo is incredible artist using ball point pen…

 

WOW, what a detailed art work!! Shohei ball point pen art workLoop LP record!! Make me try to draw using pen now!!!!

Show off your style!!

When I design clothes, I always finish off with the hat/headpiece 🙂

I have to try each photoshoot with a different look, but I have used the same outfits for different occasions.

You know one outfit can transform the completely different look with the hat!!

These are the example of how the hats and styling make different!!
With fantastic model Mhairi Waddell (15), she can show the same outfit with different HATs to show off!!

Mhairi is wearing turban
Photographer: John Walker Banks
MUA : Jennifer Pike
Designer : Toshiko Cave – Toco

Mhairi is wearing no hat
Photographer: John Walker Banks
MUA : Jennifer Pike
Designer : Toshiko Cave – Toco

@2018 SIFF Glasgow Photographer @Paul Francis McGugan Model @Mhairi Waddell Toco’s Gold piece, Mhairi is opening Toco’s collection on the catwalk @Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mhairi on the catwalk @SIFF-Glasgow 2018
With Straw blocked headpiece
Photo by Paul Francis McGugan
Designer : Toshiko Cave – Toco

 

Love this image❤️ Mhairi is wearing quirky headpiece for Light and Mirror ❤️
Photographer : Darja Bilyk @dashiee
Model in Gold : Mhairi Waddell @mhairiwaddell1
Model in Silver : Heather Waddell @heatherwaddell1
MUA : Yvonne Lynch @shacade
Hairstylist : Marianna Coletta @mariannahair_
Designer : Toshiko Cave @tocofashion
Assistant : Patricia Waddell @patricia.waddell.9
Proud image 💓
@ferocemagazine June Vol 7 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just thinking about the fashion…..

Hi,

It was great to showcase my designs in Edinburgh kids fashion festival 22nd September 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/kidsfashionfestivalinternational

It has been a long time to decide on the venue…
I had one opportunity that I was really looking for that had to cancel for the great reason.

It wasn’t anybody’s fault, just as it happens sometimes because we are not selfish!!

As a designer, people think you should be aiming for Paris Fashion Week for where all the best buyers gathering.

But in my mind saying, it is not my venue…

The reason why I was thinking that way because I really don’t want to go into the trap in the bad wheel of the

fashion industry.

The big brand is just wasting their energy for producing new, but same time burning them,

to protect their brand credibility.

I would rather serve my energy to people who need for. Waste not want! 

So I feel good when I did my show in Edinburgh with part of Cancel Cancer Africa Charity show with my dear friend

model who should shine in the huge stage like in the Cinema, or Paris Fashion Week!

The background is my fantastic models who walked the catwalk at Surgeon Hall with Edinburgh Kids Fashion Festival International. White Dress with headpiece is my beautiful friend Mhairi Waddell. In gold outfits is Layla Burns both did fantastic job actors/models talented girls who have a bright future!! Image by Anne E Milne

 

Kimono and dad….

During the Summer holiday, I went back home.

It was a bittersweet trip back, since my dearest dad past away

before we went back to see him….My son had so many things to talk to you, dad…

My wedding day with my mum and dad at The Russell Hotel in London.

Kimono

I was so lucky to wear this £30,000 worth Wedding Kimono on my wedding day

loaned by Philip Treacy when I was working for him.

Inside this red Kimono, I made white silk bird embroidered dupion kimono lined with gold embroidered silk satin with Shu-red Kimono sash belt.

I was so proud of my design of white kimono ( hiding the dress from Kevin, while I was making it till wedding day ) and styling, but dad said, so glad you got this Red Kimono because you looked like a bamboo doll without it!! (lol)

The headpiece was a generous gift from Philip, the fresh bouquet was made by my friend Mika.

Net gloves from my mum’s old one, Nails were light blue, silk bag and 50’s style sandals from Angel’s Antique market where I used to live nearby….

I made you bring 2 decorated barrels of Sake all the way from Japan…
I made you big speech in front of people who don’t know much about…but your speech was wonderful and so many compliments from work colleagues, friends and family made me so proud daughter!!

But I couldn’t speak in front of you, because I burst into tears before finishing all and trying to hug you before leaving, you were so embarrassed. (lol)

I made you so anxious because I live far away from you….I didn’t return anything back to you, dad.

I will try to get home at least once a year to talk to you and mum, I promise.

My lovely dad in rest in peace now….