Kimono Style

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Edo Traditions to Modern Design

Monika Bincsik; With contributions by Karen Van Godtsenhoven and Arai Masanao

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The untold modern history of the Japanese kimono and its dynamic relationship to Western culture

Japan’s engagement with Western clothing, culture, and art in the mid-nineteenth century transformed the traditional kimono and began a cross-cultural sartorial dialogue that continues to this day. This publication explores the kimono’s fascinating modern history and its notable influence on Western fashion. Initially signaling the wearer’s social position, marital status, age, and wealth, older kimono designs gave way to the demands of modernized and
democratized twentieth-century lifestyles as well as the preferences of the emancipated “new woman.” Conversely, inspiration from the kimono’s silhouette liberated Western designers such as Paul Poiret and Madeline Vionnet from traditional European tailoring. Juxtaposing never-before-published Japanese textiles from the John C. Weber Collection with Western couture, this book places the kimono on the stage of global fashion history.
 



Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Monika Bincsik is the Diane and Arthur Abbey Associate Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts in the Asian Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Karen Van Godtsenhoven is an independent curator based in Belgium. Arai Masanao is a textile historian based in Japan.
 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(June 7, 2022–February 20, 2023)

ISBN: 9781588397522
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
176 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4
167 color illus.
Collecting Inspiration

Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co.

Edited by Medill Higgins Harvey; With text by Andrea Achi,

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