The kimono wedding dress company seemed to just have those five gowns for rent. That’s kind of a great idea; instead of using hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of time and material just once, then storing it forever, the garment gets worn by several different women. I bet when it gets worn or stained, they’ll reuse the fabric for something else.
Or maybe they already have reused the fabric; some of the gowns looked like they might contain fabric from more than one kimono.
I think preserving a few best examples of something is important, but it’s not practical or “green” to save every piece of clothing. Can you imagine keeping every garment you ever owned? I used to work for a woman who kind of did that. Her two car garage was converted to a giant closet, with custom racks holding clothes from the 1950s forward. She never wore them, or even looked at them, and didn’t really care about them, except in a hoarding way. Most didn’t fit her anymore, were so outdated that she wouldn’t wear them if they fit, and in many cases they were downright ugly. I mean, brown polyester pants from the '70s. Ugh.
It would have been far better to donate them and let them become something else…costumes or rugs or recycled fiber; anything would be better than garage stuffing. When she died, it did all go because her husband and grown kids didn’t want any of it.
James Laver said,
The same dress is indecent ten years before its time; daring one year before its time; chic (contemporarily seductive) in its time; dowdy five years after its time; hideous twenty years after its time; amusing thirty years after its time; romantic one hundred years after its time; beautiful one hundred and fifty years after its time.
Yeah, I’m not sure what my point was. It’s after 6am, and I haven’t gotten to sleep yet.