Reimagine the Kimono – Houston Fashion Designer Teams Up With Asian Artists
The owner of Zulu kimono, Tina Zulu presents a collection of reinvented vintage Japanese kimonos at Houston First Corporation’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration “AAPI Amplified” this Saturday, May 22 at Avenida Plaza outside the George R. Brown Convention Center.
A special 7 p.m. fashion show will also feature other Asian-American designers from the Pacific Islands – Danny Nguyen Couture, Mysterious by NPN and Poshak Fashion & Style.
The Kimono Zulu Collection features one-of-a-kind wearable art created in collaboration with six artists of Asian descent: Dandee Warhol, My Ori Story, Royal Sumikat, Uyen-My Pham, Matt Manalo, and Janavi Folmsbee. In addition, contemporary artists and fashion designers such as GONZO247, Judy Masliyah, Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Reginald C. Adams, Sébastien “Mr. D 1987” Boileau, Shelbi Nicole, Beast Syndicate, Katsola and Elijah Coccetti.
Zulu’s kimonos have been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston boutique and worn by stylish celebrities including TV personality NeNe Leakes. Kimono Zulu focuses on modern styling and reimagining the ways to style a kimono.
For this show, Zulu teamed up with Magpies and peacocks and Dawn O. Bell from Evergirl Vintage to combine upcycled and vintage pieces, producing numerous looks that can be worn day or night.
“Kimonos are the new must-have modern pieces, adding instant chic to any outfit,” says Bell.
To set the tone for an evening of culture and creative fashion, the show will open with a special musical performance of ancient ethereal sounds and modern rhythms of a gong and crystal singing bowls by Reginald C. Adams and the sister. from Zulu, Susie Hernandez.
“This collection is very special to me because it represents unity”, says Zulu PaperCity. “The creations we showcase show that when we work together, celebrate our differences and find common ground, we create something more beautiful than we can imagine.”
The AAPI Amplified event (which runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays) is free and open to the public. In addition to the fashion show, an outdoor market will feature businesses, artisans and chefs from the Pacific Islands, as well as traditional and contemporary music and dance performances.