The Hooded Dragon and it's twin "Dragon Baller" began as wall hangings, brought back from Thailand for me by a client. They hung in my Chinatown loft for as long as I lived there, and then were carefully packed away when I moved to Monterey a decade ago.
As my inspiration for the "Elementals" collection grew, I wanted to include some animal warriors, and the dragons began to speak to me. I have always been inspired by Alexander McQueen's Upcycled kimonos and their imposing collars, and this was the perfect opportunity to play with those lines.
I pulled two of my favorite jackets for upcycling - one very high end motorcycle jacket of felt and leather was used for " Dragon Baller", and a classic, casual suede style with sweater sleeves was used for the Hooded dragon, which was then embellished with a rust taffeta hood and lined pockets.
The Kimono Pants worn with the Hooded Dragon are another classic Domini style, with two different chinese satin insets adding substantial volume to the legs. Keeping the perfect amount of cling to the butt, but giving maximal swing to the legs has always delighted me, and this pattern gives it all.
For DragonBaller, leggings were in order. I combined black and tan crushed velvets with diagonal insets over the knees to frame the main piece, which was, of course, the motorcycle jacket.
Hooded Dragon Jacket - fits sizes 6-12
Kimono Pants - fits sizes 8-12
Dragon-Baller Leggings - size 0
Modeled by Kierstyn Berlin and Shannon Bynum
Photography by David Enrique and Corpus Photography