Title

The Kimono Connection: The Common Thread Between Fashion and Print

Presenting Author Name/s

Deborah Moses

Faculty Advisor

Agnieszka Whelan

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Asian Art and Architecture | Fashion Design | Printmaking

Description/Abstract

To many in the West, the Japanese kimono is still an alien garment viewed only through the lens of exoticism. Its representation in Edo period ukiyo-e prints, however, reveals a complex connection between the visual arts, textiles and commercial demand. Although scholars have recognized the relationship between the design of kimonos and pattern books of Edo artists, the role of ukiyo-e prints in shaping high-end kimono fashion has not been studied. This paper explores images of the kimono in the floating world, kabuki plays and erotica, and shows how they led the development of new dyes, printmaking techniques and were a spur for innovation therein.

Session Title

Art History 2

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 11:15 AM

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The Kimono Connection: The Common Thread Between Fashion and Print

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

To many in the West, the Japanese kimono is still an alien garment viewed only through the lens of exoticism. Its representation in Edo period ukiyo-e prints, however, reveals a complex connection between the visual arts, textiles and commercial demand. Although scholars have recognized the relationship between the design of kimonos and pattern books of Edo artists, the role of ukiyo-e prints in shaping high-end kimono fashion has not been studied. This paper explores images of the kimono in the floating world, kabuki plays and erotica, and shows how they led the development of new dyes, printmaking techniques and were a spur for innovation therein.