By Terry Satsuki Milhaupt
What is the kimono? daily garment? paintings item? image of Japan? As this e-book exhibits, the kimono has served all of those roles, its which means altering throughout time and with the point of view of the wearer or viewer.
Kimono: a contemporary History starts off by way of exposing the 17th- and eighteenth-century foundations of the fashionable kimono model undefined. It explores the crossover among ‘art’ and ‘fashion’ during this interval by the hands of well-known eastern painters who labored with garments development books and painted without delay onto clothing. With Japan’s publicity to Western model within the 19th century, and Westerners’ publicity to eastern modes of gown and layout, the kimono took on new institutions and got here to represent an unique tradition and an eye-catching girl shape. within the aftermath of the second one international warfare, the kimono was once sustained via executive help. the road among type and artwork grew to become blurred as kimonos produced through well-known designers have been gathered for his or her attractiveness and displayed in museums, instead of being worn as garments. this present day, the kimono has once more taken on new dimensions, because the web and social media proliferate photographs of the kimono as a flexible garment to be built-in right into a variety of person styles.
Kimono: a contemporary History, the muse for a massive exhibition on the Metropolitan Museum of paintings in New York,not in basic terms tells the tale of a particular garment’s ever-changing features and snapshot, yet offers a singular standpoint on Japan’s modernization and come upon with the West.