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Meng Kimonos: The Art of Silk


By Arwa Lodhi

When does fashion become art? The artist paints on rough canvas, creating images that inspire and delight. But British based designer Meng paints on the most luscious silks–silk kimonos, to be more precise.

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Her works are inspired by Oriental mythology, art and architecture from around the world, and of course, the splendour of nature.

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But it’s not only the designs that are an art: the flowing shapes and flattering silhouettes offered by these unique kimonos is a kind of art in itself. Of this, Meng says: “Our starting point with every garment is the print. We are inspired by art, in particular beautiful Oriental masterpieces, and our main aim is to take these traditional inspiration points and translate them for a modern lifestyle with a contemporary twist. We are also very influenced by our travels and have a very global outlook to our garments to appeal to an array of women. The prints then inspire the shapes of our garments.”

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The brand has ambitions to bring its artistic beauty beyond kimonos: “Our loungewear is just the start for us. This year we will also be launching women’s ready-to-wear and our accessories line of scarves and bags. We are also looking forward to going on sale in five different countries with stores including Selfridges and Neiman Marcus and our cushions go on sale in Gracious Home in New York. We are also taking the collection to Paris again this summer to meet with the international buyers and press so it’s a very busy and exciting time for us”.

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    東洋のデザインDNAをシルクのキャンバスにモダンに描き出す「Meng Kimonos」 | ethicalfashionjapan
    Dec 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    […] Mengは、「長い歴史の中で東洋が生み出してきた数々の名作。そこから感じ取るエッセンスを、現代の文脈に合わせて表現し直す。それが私たちのデザインする目的です」と話している。今後は、スカーフやバッグなどのアクセサリーライン、またプレタポルテにも着手していくという。今夏はパリの展示会にも参加すると話しており、今後のブランド拡大に意欲的。これからの成長が楽しみなブランドの1つである。 Text&Images Via(許諾を得て掲載):Arwa Lodhi ‘Meng Kimonos: The Art of Silk’ Eluxe Magazine, 2014/5/1 […]

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