Kimono: Images of Culture 1915-1950 in the Khalili Collections (Hardcover)

Kimono: Images of Culture 1915-1950 in the Khalili Collections By Jaqueline Atkins, Sir David Khalili (Contributions by), Dror Elkvity (Contributions by) Cover Image

Kimono: Images of Culture 1915-1950 in the Khalili Collections (Hardcover)

By Jaqueline Atkins, Sir David Khalili (Contributions by), Dror Elkvity (Contributions by)

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Highlighting many examples of previously unseen and unusual garments from one of the preeminent kimono collections, this dazzling volume explores the Khalili Collection of kimono’s powerful selection of modernity and propaganda pieces from the first half of the twentieth century.

One of the most recognizable aspects of Japanese culture, the kimono was once a vital everyday garment worn by adults and children across Japan. While the basic form of the T-shaped, straight-seamed, front-wrapping kimono has changed very little over the centuries, the onset of the twentieth century ushered in a variety of influences, including western-style clothing; a desire for practicality and comfort; the emergence of Japanese identity in the wake of World War II; pop culture; and high fashion.
Featuring more than two hundred full color photographs and insightful commentary by Jacqueline Atkins, renowned textile historian, this volume introduces readers to the concepts of Omoshirogara kimono or “amusing/interesting garments,” and Sensōgara, or war/propaganda garments. It details changes in fabrics and production techniques and explores differences across gender and age. A vibrant survey of an important and rarely covered aspect of Japanese culture, this volume chronicles the kimono’s dynamic role against the backdrop of social, cultural, and global change.
Jaqueline Atkins is a curatorial consultant and textile historian. She is a consultant at The Kubota Kimono Collection, Itchiku Kubota Museum and has curated for Fenimore Art Museum, New York an the International Chodiev Foundation. She is author of Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain and the United States (Yale University Press, 2005) and Shared Threads: Quilting Together Past and Present (Studio, 1994).
Product Details ISBN: 9783791377278
ISBN-10: 3791377272
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: December 10th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English