Kimono (Paperback)

The Art and Evolution of Japanese Fashion

By Anna Jackson

Thames & Hudson, 9780500294017, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/17/2020)
Hardcover (11/23/2015)

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“A visual feast [and] wide-ranging and valuable survey of kimono as a reflection of Japanese history and culture.” —Library Journal

The Khalili Collection of kimono, which was carefully photographed for this book, comprises more than two hundred garments and spans almost three hundred years of Japanese textile artistry; it brilliantly exhibits the remarkable creativity of designers who used the surface of garments to produce a wearable work of art. Kimono display an enormous range of patterns and motifs, often executed in a complex combination of weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques, with some garments requiring the expert skills of a number of different artisans.

The Khalili Collection includes formal, semiformal, and informal kimono and undergarments and jackets worn by women, men, and children. Represented are the sophisticated garments of the imperial court, samurai aristocracy, and affluent merchant classes of the Edo period (1603–1868); the shifting styles and new color palette of Meiji period dress (1868–1912); and the bold and dazzling kimono of the Taisho (1912–1926) and early Showa (1926–1989) periods, which utilized innovative techniques and drew fresh inspiration from both past traditions and the modern world.

About the Author

Anna Jackson is Keeper of the Asian department at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Honorary Curator of the Khalili Collection.

Praise For Kimono: The Art and Evolution of Japanese Fashion

“Dazzling.” — World of Interiors

“A gorgeous four-century overview of that traditional Japanese form of dress . . . honors the artistry and variety of these wearable masterpieces . . . The images burst from the page like silken bouquets.” —The New York Times