This dress is cut from fabric custom-printed with the design of a black dragon breathing fire in the sky, borrowed from a mid-19th-century woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshikazu.
The design is printed onto special paper, and then transferred using heat and pressure to become part of the fabric. This sublimation process creates a soft, breathable, vibrantly colored material.
The dress comes in sizes extra-small to extra-large. It's super-comfortable, made of a smooth 82% polyester/18% spandex microfiber yarn with four-way stretch.
Printed, cut, and sewn in USA.
Each dress is carefully cut and sewn, but with this stretchy fabric it's impossible to control exactly how patterns match up, or don't, across seams.
Utagawa Yoshikazu was a member of the Utagawa school of Japanese woodblock print artists, painting in the ukiyo-e genre — the term translates as “picture of the floating world”. He was a student of the great master Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
The original of the Black Firebreathing Dragon print resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was donated in 1914 by the Estate of Samuel Isham.
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