Georgian Bay (Killarney) Kitsuke
This is one of the outfits I'm putting together for the 2017 Anime North Kimono Fashion Show. The theme is Kimono Around the World and it will be worn by one of the FCFS models.
Those who know me, know that the north shore of Georgian Bay has always held a special place in my heart. Since culture can variate throughout one country (especially one as large as Canada), I wanted to create a kitsuke that was more specific to this particular region. I decided to base the outfit off the colours of the local landscape, and some of the more casual clothing worn.
The model will be wearing two layered kimono for this ensemble; "Ryuusui" underneath, and "Keirin" over top. Ryuusui is meant to represent the waters of the great lakes, while its background picks up the colour of the quartzite hills that make up the La Cloche mountain range. Keirin, is actually a kimono I purchased many years ago specifically because the pine trees it features remind me of the Jack Pines that are so representative of the region. I haven't quite decided which obi to use with this outfit yet. Originally I was leaning towards the darker one, since the swirling water pattern mirror's that of Ryuusui. However, I may go with the lighter pink one instead since it would pick up the colour of Georgian Bay's granite shores a bit better (as can be seen in the reference image). Both obi feature maple leaves to represent Canada. Green obiage and accessories will be used to tie in the colour of the forest.
The sketch doesn't quite show how I want the kimono to drape in this outfit, but I'm hoping to demonstrate that better in the kitsuke test run. Basically, they are supposed to appear more like like a decorative coat. They are going to be worn over top of a casual outfit of jeans, with a plaid shirt and some decorative boots. I'm also planning to use one of my winter maple kanzashi as well.