2014 / “Kimono for a Modern Age” exhibition, July 5 – Oct. 19 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Forwarded for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Kimono for a Modern Age

The Pavilion for Japanese Art

July 5, 2014–October 19, 2014

LACMA Kimono for a Modern Age

Woman’s Kimono (kosode) with Abstract Hemp-Leaf Pattern, early Showa (1926–1989) period, c. 1935, Silk plain weave, stencil-printed warp and weft (heiyo-kasuri meisen), purchased with Costume Council Fund. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods.

During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono.

But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.

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