Emiri Miyasaka, Japan’s contestant in the upcoming 2009 Miss Universe pageant, wanted to wear this number on stage:
But, traditionalists in Japan were outraged by her modification of the national dress that reveals her hot pink underwear, so she has decided to wear something more conservative for the pageant.
For the record, we’re all for Miyasaka-san’s stage look. Flashing your panties at a bunch of grumpy old ladies who want you to be prim and proper is a definite “You Go Girl!” moment. Hey Japan, last time we checked, you were the culture that sells used panties in vending machines and whose most famous traditional artist painted The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (possibly NSFW, unless you W at Sterling-Cooper, where this picture hangs on the boss’ wall). Come on, who are you trying to fool?
Anyway, one thing led to another and we found the truly great Flickr group Vintage Kimono. Check it out to see just what those grumpy old ladies are trying to preserve. Some of our faves are below, don’t forget to click the thumbnails to really get an idea of the detail on the kimonos.