Kimono Style: Edo Traditions to Modern Design

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

Japan's engagement with Western clothing, culture, and art in the midnineteenth century transformed the traditional kimono and began a crosscultural 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-beforepublished Japanese textiles from the John C. Weber Collection with Western couture, this book places the kimono on the stage of global fashion history.

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 fashion curator based in Belgium.

Arai Masanao is a textile historian based in Japan.

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

Japan's engagement with Western clothing, culture, and art in the midnineteenth century transformed the traditional kimono and began a crosscultural 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...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 176
  • Illustrations: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' × 11 1/4''
  • ISBN: 9781588397522
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