Kimono in the Taisho and Showa Eras

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum

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The Taisho and early-Showa eras of the early and mid-20th century were a time of modernization and Westernization with new affluent classes emerging. Advances in science resulted in technologies that allowed for the mass production of vibrantly colored kimonos. Department stores and women’s magazines also flourished, ushering in a new era of fashion. In the kimonos of the Taisho and Showa periods we can see traditional Japanese motifs presented with Western styles and bold and modern designs. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum displays a selection of these kimonos.

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from December 20, 2018 to February 16, 2019

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