The Elegant Other: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art

Yokohama Museum Of Art

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After Yokohama Port opened in 1859, the city served as a gateway, allowing Western culture into the country and exporting Japanese culture abroad. Focusing on fashion and art from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, this exhibition examines how cultural exchanges between the East and West influenced people’s lives and aesthetics. In 1968, at the start of the Meiji Period, Western fashion and customs quickly permeated Japanese lives. At the same time, Japanese art objects and kimono were exported to the West, sparking the “Japonism” boom. For both people in Japan and in the West, those across the sea must have seemed like “beautiful others,” elegantly clad in attractive and unusual clothing, and richly adorning their daily lives with unfamiliar crafts. In addition to approximately 100 dresses and accessories from the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) that will be appear in Yokohama for the first time, the exhibition features a further 100 items, including accessories, handicrafts, paintings, and photographs from both Japanese and overseas museums as well as private collections. Enjoy seeing how Japan and the West accepted, developed, and discovered new beauty in each other’s fashions and lifestyles.

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Schedule

from 4月 15, 2017 at 10:00 to 6月 25, 2017 at 18:00
Opening 10:00-20:30 on May 17. Open on May 4. Closed on May 8.

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