「レトロ着物撮影」Kimono flapper girl photo shoot

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Before the ones in Kyoto, I actually had my first own produced kimono photo shoot last December.
The idea occurred to me after my friend and I visited a private open house exhibit in October 2016. It was a stunning house, previously owned by a photographer named Nakamura. It had been well preserved in its old style including the interior. It felt like if I had travelled back in time.
The family even allowed us to browse through albums of the photographs taken during the 1930’s and 40’s – it was wonderful!

京都での着物撮影の前に、12月に初めての撮影をさせていただきました!

友達の誘いで、昭和4年(1929年)に建てられた代々木上原の文化住宅「写真技師・中村利一」のオープンハウスみたいなイベントはあって、10月に見にってきた。
タイムスリップみたいに中身と家具はとても綺麗に残ってて印象的でした。写真技師のフォトアルバムもゆっくりと見ることはでき、30代・40代の家族の写真や戦争後の(とても悲しい)写真もたくさんあったけど・・
和美人たちから目を離れられなくて、とてもインスパイアされた。

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I felt so inspired that I thought I wanted to have a photo shoot inspired by 1920’s flapper girls – but in a crossover way – kimono plus western elements.
Especially women with a little “badass” attitude are the ones I adore.

その雰囲気や昔の写真を見てから、何週間後でも忘れず、アメリカの「フラッパーガール」もまた調べ始めた。
フラッパーガールみたいな着物バージョンの撮影はしたい!とのアイデアは出てきて・・夢中や!

As I learned that they will tear down the house to replace it with a modern apartment I thought about trying my luck and contacted the owners to ask if a shooting in there would be possible – and actually got approval! (I was 90% sure to be rejected – but sometimes you just got to try!)

After the approval I asked Samantha if she would model for me as her style and bob cut was fitting perfectly into the look I wanted to create. Also I shortly before met the amazing photographer Naito-san who was immediately on board as well.

I was given a very small time window to shoot but wanted to create two different looks. What a challenge (as we all know that kimono dressing takes quite a bit of time).

The night before, I packed up everything and barely slept because I was so excited and scared to screw up (haha!). The next morning we had to rise with the first sun beams.

以前お世話になった自宅は12月に取り壊すと話を聞いて、とても悲しく・・ 待って!写真に残したらいいな〜っと!
絶対にお断りになると思ったけど、一度聞いてみようとしました。そして撮影のOKをいただきました!わーーー
嬉しすぎてジャンプしました(笑)

モデルさんのSamanthaと写真者の内藤さんとアイデアを申しつけた上にそちらの方からもダブルOKをいただいて、夢みたいかと思ってました。

着付けや撮影できる時間はとても短くて心配でしたが、どうしても着物コーディネートを二つにしたいと思った。撮影日の前の夜はドキドキして、失敗する怖さで殆ど寝れなくて・・(笑)

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After a quick chat and instructions to the photographer I started with makeup and kitsuke (kimono dressing). Usually I am quite confident in putting on make-up by myself so thought it would be quite easy to do so on other people as well…
HA.HA. It was really difficult! What a shock. But we somehow managed to get it done anyways, with a little help of Samantha herself.

短めの説明の上に、メイクや着付けの準備へ。自分のメイクする自信はあるので、簡単にメイクできるかと思ったけど、他の人のメイクするのは難しい!!汗かいた(笑)
少しモデルさんも手伝って頂いた上になんとか無事にできた。

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The first look is solely inspired by a 20’s flapper girl.
Let’s take a look at the Furisode flapper! Surely every man would have fallen for her.

始めのコンセプトは20代の「振袖フラッパーガール」☆

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The next look inspired me by the model herself.
I know Samantha likes a minimalistic, cool and dark look – her street fashion is amazing! So my idea was to challenge her a little and style an outfit which she probably wouldn’t wear usually. Something colourful with a lot of flowers. Yet I intended a switch into Harajuku fashion by layering two kimono, using a lace obi and tattoo print tights.
And let’s be honest – she pulls it off so well!

次の着物コーディネートはモデルのSamanthaにインスパイアされました。
彼女は普段、ミニマリストのストリートファッションで今回でチャレンジしたいと思って、カラフルな花柄の着物を選びました。もちろんそれだけでつまらないので、少し原宿ファッション的に着物二枚、レース帯やタイツなど使用したスタイリングにしました。とても似合うと思います。

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Behind the scenes.
“Oh wait. I need to fix this.” Was my favourite interruption on the shoot.

「待って、これ直したい!」とのことで何回も邪魔した。(笑)

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ITS A WRAP! ★
After we packed up everything it felt like a 500kg weight was lifted off my shoulders.
I was under so much pressure to get everything perfect, but I think for my first shoot the results turned out quite pretty.

What do you think?

出来上がり〜
全てを片付けた上に、ほっとしました。
撮影中やその前からは全部完璧にしたいプレッシャーがあって、撮影後に力は一気に抜けた感じ。

でも綺麗な写真はできて結構満足しました。もちろんもっともっと色々勉強しないといけないけどね。

 

— DETAILS —
Model: Samantha Mariko
Photo: 内藤絵美
Direction/Styling/Kitsuke/Edit: Anji SALZ (me)

 

Special thanks to: http://kunitachihonten.info / 加藤様!ありがとうございました!

Thanks again for helping turn my dreams into reality, Samantha and Emi!
一緒に夢をリアリティーにしてくれてありがとうございます!サマンサと絵美さん!♡

A bucket full of hugs,
Anji

 

PS: If you want to hear the version of Samantha, she also blogged about the shoot:
サマンサのブログはこちら:
https://samanthamariko.com/2017/03/retro-kimono-style-in-salz-tokyo/

6 Responses
  • megsz._
    March 10, 2017

    Absolutely stunning. I saw some of these photos on your Instagram. Your styling was so perfect it was bliss! The furisode and its obi are so beautiful I want to cry.

    • Anji SALZ
      March 10, 2017

      Ahh thank you so much!
      I am glad you love it! I think its a very chic ensemble!

  • Tia
    March 11, 2017

    ohhhhhhh finally!!! love it. waiting on your next photoshoot!!

    • Anji SALZ
      March 11, 2017

      Ahaha thanks!
      Yeah I have trouble keeping up at the moment since I also have two columns to write LOL

  • Froschmama
    March 13, 2017

    Du hast echt ein Händchen für stoff und Farbe. Das zweite gefällt mir sehr gut.
    Hoffe du hast bald noch mehr Photoshootings an so tollen Orten

    gruß Marion

    • Anji SALZ
      March 13, 2017

      Hallo Marion!
      Oh das freut mich dass es dir gefällt! 🙂
      Ja, ich hab jetzt in den nächsten 3 Wochen wohl noch 3 Photo shoots – bin schon am rotieren hier haha!

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