A red silk kimono was the star of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Young Vic, supported by actress Gillian Anderson (September 2014). A gorgeous shade of red, and featuring beautiful white cranes, it dominated the stage with its silky, seductive performance.

The critics raved:

“It is an absolute knock-out” (The Telegraph)
“Hugely impressive” (Variety)
“Utterly compelling” (The Observer)

Gillian Anderson’s performance as the faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois was also admired.

The crane is a Japanese symbol of long life, good fortune and fidelity, so not really appropriate for Blanche, who ends up leading a sordidly promiscuous life and is dragged away to an asylum at the end of the play. Was the director aware of the irony, or was he just seduced by the beauty and glamour of the red silk kimono?

We can reveal the identity of the stunning Japanese kimono worn by Gillian Anderson: it is called ‘Crane Swirl’ silk kimono and is sold by The Kimono Company. For this and other silk kimonos in our range, please visit our silk kimonos page.

You can’t always depend on the kindness of strangers or even loved ones to buy you those special gifts, so why not treat yourself to one of our luxurious pure silk kimonos?


Crane Swirl red silk kimono (sold by The Kimono Company)