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Fashion Kimonos in Venice: the kimono that makes the outfit

Antonia Sautter

22 March 2018

min. read

 

These days, the kimonos fashion is very popular in Venice, so popular to be considered a “must have” for the wardrobe.

My passion for kimonos instead, dates back to when wearing this traditional Japanese garment, could appear extravagant, or at least, singular.

In the western world the kimono appeared for the first time in Paris for the Exposition of 1855, and since then, because of its charm, undisputed through eras and trends, inspired artists and couturier all over the world.

The kimono, that by common idea is seen as the characteristic gown of Geishas, a western stereotype, is actually indiscriminately used by men, women and children.

Kimonos for me are a timeless garment, an expression of beauty and artisanal craftsmanship,
unmissable in the fashion collections that I design and create in my atelier in the heart of Venice.

Moda Kimono Antonia Sautter

Its preciousness is shown through the finest fabrics and the decorations that make every piece unique in its genre, but also through the profound bond with Venice and the East:

a history that runs on the Silk Road,,

that Venice, since the 13th century, has been able to experience, bringing its exotic and new flavours to our culture, in a journey, the one of Marco Polo, from Eastern Asia to the West, passing through the Middle East.

From these vibes my interpretation of kimonos, that I have been cultivating for over 20 years now, was born: from the ancient working techniques of velvet and silk, from the creative eccentric flair of the fashion at the time of the Serenissima Republic, when Venetian men and women had very different costumes compared to the rest of the Old Continent, free from the limitations of law and fashions.

Since fashion is a message of freedom, I freely translate my contemporary vision of kimonos fashion, from the kimono gowns to the kimono robes, recalling the soft vintage touch of silk and velvets decorated with hand made prints, with images that wink to the East, at that at the same time are projected to the current time, with a slightly eccentric flavour.

Antonia Sautter Kimono Fashion

I love the transgressive touch that every kimono is able to convey to the outfit of every person, because, also the most preciously decorated and bold of them, can be put on with confidence, featuring styles and breaking the pattern: by day, by evening, by night, in every season. The important thing is to play combining it with the most peculiar outfits: from the jeans, for a casual look, to the 10 inches’ stilettos, for a sumptuous soirée.

“Kimono is freedom!”

Every kimono I produce comes from a choral work – from the hand creation of the print arrays on the fabrics to the velvets coloration, from the design of the model to the cut and packaging – everything happens in my sewing room among the Venetian Calles, where I work with my seamstresses and my decorators – able hands that could never be substituted by any machine.

Thinking of kimonos fashion I want to remember with great affection one of my beloved clients and dear friend, the unforgettable Marta Marzotto, that talking about kimonos was used to say this:

“I always wear kimonos, home and around, so you won’t notice the difference”

Velvet Kimono Antonia Sautter

 

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In my boutique in St Mark’s Square, in the heart of Venice!
San Marco, Frezzeria 1286
tel: (+39) 041 5224426
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