Wear a wave to your next party with designs inspired by one of Japan’s most famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

The beautiful garments are part of the sea-themed Spring/Summer 2016 collection from Russian designer Alena Akhmadulina. Initially inspired by the Russian folktale of Sadko, who received wealth and love from the Sea King, Akhmadulina also incorporated designs based on famous Japanese ukiyo-e prints from acclaimed artist Katsuhika Hokusai.

▼ Hokusai’s Under the Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave, is still inspiring artists and designers long after it was first created back in the early 1830s.



The beautiful waves have been printed on silk and chiffon, with an intriguing design that makes the garment appear as if it’s floating on the upper half of the body.


Akhmadulina also provides a grey-hued version of the wave dress, which is reminiscent of another print by Hokusai, the Chōshi in Shimosha, from One Thousand Images of the Sea.



While the dresses look stunning on the runway, they also look pretty neat out in the real world too. However, with prices determined upon application, these dresses probably don’t come cheap, so we’ll just have to settle on admiring them from a distance!


Source: Japaaan
Images: Alena Akhmadulina