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Get your hands on these bold kimonos inspired by Russia’s avant-garde art

29 August 2018

Moscow-based brand Nina Donis has announced a new range of kimonos blending Japanese tradition with Russia’s avant-garde 20th century art.

The collection, which also includes a tote bag, will be released as part of the Masterpieces of Edo Paintings and Prints exhibition at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, taking place between 4 September and 28 October.

With its bold colour-blocking and geometric shapes, the designs channel Russian icons such as Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova.

“For us, Japanese culture is about the mystical, distant and sacred,” said Nina Neretina and Donis Poupis, the fashion duo behind the brand. “We took one of the most iconic pieces of Japanese culture — the kimono — and simplified it as much as possible, combining it with that is close to us: Russia’s 20th century avant-garde.”