A royal initiative for sustainability
King Harald V of Norway has launched a creative project to recycle old curtains from his palace into stylish kimonos. The king, who is known for his passion for environmental issues, said he wanted to promote the idea of reusing materials and reducing waste. He also said he was inspired by the Japanese culture and the beauty of their traditional garments.
The king collaborated with a local designer, Anna Sui, who transformed the curtains into kimonos using various techniques such as dyeing, embroidering, and patchworking. The kimonos feature different patterns and colors, reflecting the history and diversity of the palace. Some of them have motifs of the Norwegian flag, the royal crest, or the king’s initials.
The kimonos were displayed at a fashion show at the palace, where the king himself modeled one of them. The show was attended by the royal family, dignitaries, celebrities, and media. The king received a standing ovation for his initiative and his fashion sense.
A message for the world
The king said he hoped his project would inspire people to think about how they can reuse and repurpose things that they already have, instead of buying new ones. He said he wanted to show that sustainability can be fun and fashionable, and that everyone can contribute to the fight against climate change.
He also said he wanted to celebrate the cultural ties between Norway and Japan, and to express his admiration for the Japanese people and their resilience after the recent earthquake and tsunami. He said he was impressed by the elegance and grace of the kimonos, and how they represent the values of harmony and respect.
The king said he planned to donate some of the kimonos to charity, and to keep some of them as souvenirs. He also said he was open to collaborating with other designers and artists in the future, and to explore other ways of recycling and upcycling.
A positive response from the public
The king’s project has received a lot of praise and support from the public, both in Norway and abroad. Many people said they were inspired by the king’s creativity and leadership, and that they would try to follow his example. Some people also said they were interested in buying or making their own kimonos from old curtains or other fabrics.
The project has also generated a lot of buzz on social media, where people shared photos and videos of the kimonos and the fashion show. Some celebrities and influencers also joined the trend, and posted selfies wearing their own kimonos made from recycled materials. The hashtag #KingKimonos became viral, and was trending on Twitter and Instagram.
The project has also been featured in various media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and podcasts. Some of them praised the king for his innovative and eco-friendly idea, while others criticized him for being frivolous and out of touch. Some of them also compared the king’s kimonos to other famous examples of recycled fashion, such as the dress made from meat worn by Lady Gaga, or the dress made from plastic bottles worn by Emma Watson.