Most of my Asian fantasy stuff is inspired by kimonos, because I really love kimonos.
However, this one is actually very much not about the kimono. It was heavily influenced by vests like this one from the Met, this one from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and this other one from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And some really fun vintage cheongsam like this one and this one. You can see more traditional Chinese clothing on my Pinterest board devoted to it.
The other major influence was Qi Lolita, which is a style of Lolita fashion which adapts traditional Chinese outfits like qipao and combines them with the classic full skirted Lolita fashion silhouette.
Basically, imagine if a cheongsam and a big skirted prom dress had a love child.
Initially, I’d planned to use the floral pattern on the top of the dress. I didn’t actually like the flowers on the top of the dress, so I ended up placing them on the two tiered skirt.
The shoes I have mixed feelings about, I confess.
I created them to try to “fill-out” the post, but I am not really in love with them.
So, what do you think about today’s fantasy paper doll dress? Let me know in a comment.
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