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Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan

Nov 3, 2010 – Jan 9, 2011
Organized by Art Services International, the exhibition highlights 75 kimono of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono, haori jackets, and undergarments worn by men, women, and children. The kimono are drawn from the renowned Montgomery Collection in Lugano, Switzerland, and are featured along with a selection of period photographs on loan from the International Hokusai Research Centre in Milan.

The kimono portray two important facets: they represent one of the most dynamic periods in the history of Japan's national costume, and they also depict the last historical era of the "living kimono"—when kimono were being worn by the majority of the populace. But the kimono never lost its appeal; it remained the dominant dress from the early 20th century until the 1940s, as it gradually took on a more formal meaning.

The exhibition is organized into four sections: Traditional/Transitional Kimono, Men’s Garments, Children’s Garments, and Women’s Kimono. Selected by Guest Curator Annie Van Assche, the textiles will be accompanied by a select group of vintage photographs that place the kimono in vivid context.

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