Visnews filmed in Tokyo Mar 7 the re-modelled wedding gown which Miss Michiko Shoda, daughter of a Japanese industrialist has borrowed for her April marriage to Crown Prince Akihito of Japan.
CU.INT.Mrs. Aiko Yamano fixing long skirt onto model.
12 1/2 ft
FULL CU. Ditto.
SV. Fitting the robes.
SCU. Japanese type handbag being placed into gown.
CU. Showing handbag.
CU.PAN. From model to gown train.
SCU Model walking wearing gown.
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Background: Visnews filmed in Tokyo Mar 7 the re-modelled wedding gown which Miss Michiko Shoda, daughter of a Japanese industrialist has borrowed for her April marriage to Crown Prince Akihito of Japan.
Miss Shoda, who will become the first commoner to wed an heir to the Japanese throne, has not time to have a new court wedding dress (juni-hitoe) made for the ceremony. She is borrowing the gown worn by Prince Akihito's elder sister, Mrs. Shigeko Higashikuni, formerly Princess Teru for her wedding in 1943.
A new juni-hitoe would have cost about GBP2,000 to make -- whereas the borrowed gown, which weighs about twenty-eight pounds, has been remodelled for less than GBP133.
The imperial gown is made of five unlined white silk robes, cut and sewn so that the side sleeve of each lies slightly shorter than the one below -- making all sleeves visible. Under these, Miss Shoda wears a white silk-padded gown with a crimson-pleated silk skirt. Over the silk robes she will wear an unchikage, a long embroidered dress and a karagina, a hip-length robe of figured silk.
The wedding - in the Imperial Palace - is expected to take place on April 10. It will be plain and simple from beginning to end - by traditional standards.