Tomesode is a type  of kimonos and used for formal dress having highest status which a married woman wears. It becomes the first formal dress in the status of the kimono and is equivalent to a Western evening dress. But there is not the limitation of the time and can wear it like an evening dress regardless of the night and day. In the Edo era, the sleeve of long-sleeved kimono which a young fellow wore were shortened after marriage. It is called such a kimono tomesode. This dress once used as a recycled long-sleeved kimono and the colour of the background varied, But a concept of the Western black formal was adopted in the Meiji era , it became a black background as for formal kimono.
Kurotomesode Irotomesode
振袖と留袖