Reading CLAMP Mokona’s Okimono Kimono

Amara and I think on the same wavelength sometimes. We had been angsting about Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, so when we met up to go see Deathly Hallows, I had a pile of Cardcaptor Sakura manga back from when it was released in Western comic format, not the books, and she had CLAMP Mokona’s Okimono Kimono for me. And the second issue of CosplayGen, but more on that in a different post.

I didn’t get to read it until Wednesday afternoon! But I read the whole thing in one sitting. It has multiple sections: original kimono designs, interviews, outfits with antique kimono, and even a short manga.

I love kimono. I love the way you can put so many different colors into a single ensemble and have everything make sense. I love the elegant drape, the accessories, pretty much everything.

From a cosplay perspective, the first section was especially interesting because so many design elements from series like xxxHolic came into play and there’s nothing quite like hearing directly from the creator of such iconic art styles. In the antique kimono section, there’s one kimono of which is noted:

“This is the yukata that got me turned on to kimono. Nekoi Tsubaki recommended it to me when I first started working on xxxHolic. It has drawings of swallows, which I like a lot.”

It’s a subtle thing at first, but the more you stare at that kimono, the more the signature style of xxxHolic strikes you. I had trouble looking away from it!

Of course, I freaked out over the inclusion of various kimono patterns at the end. Because that’s what I do.


CLAMP Mokona’s Okimono Kimono is published by Dark Horse Manga in English, © 2010. Original Japanese edition © 2007.


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My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

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