Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso and Kimono in Print and 300 Years of Japanese Design, The Worcester Art Museum

Press Release:

The Worcester Art Museum presents The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design, the first show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture, from the Edo period (1603–1868) to the Meiji period (1868–1912). Drawing primarily on the Museum’s extensive collection of Japanese prints, the exhibition explores the complementary influence of design ideas between kimono and print artists—and the consumers interested in both kimonos and prints. Also presented as a virtual exhibition on the Museum’s website, is Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso, exploring the world of traditional kimono design and artistry still practiced by Chiso.The exhibition will be accompanied by the presentation of a one-of-a-kind, contemporary wedding kimono specially commissioned by WAM from Chiso, the prestigious 465-year-old Kyoto-based garment maker known for their remarkable couture designs, which exemplify their centuries-long commitment to innovation, beauty, and versatility.

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Long form articles:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200305-the-japanese-kimono-status-symbol-to-high-fashion

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/a-brief-and-stunning-visual-history-of-the-kimono_n_5702abbce4b0daf53af03e8b

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/old-japanese-kimonos

Kimono: A Modern History

Milhaupt, Terry Satsuki

Published by Reaktion Books (2014)

ISBN 10: 1780232780 ISBN 13: 9781780232782

Geisha, A Life

Mineko Iwasaki

Published by Washington Square Press

ISBN 10: 0743444299 ISBN 13: 9780743444293

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