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History of Japanese Fashion

May 15, 2014
Chic Gentleman & Elegant Ladies: Fashion in Japanese Painting

Japan is known the world over for the colourfully clad cartoon-like girls that stroll the streets of Shibuya and Harajuku, but the Japanese obsession with fashion far pre-dates the modern style crazes from Ganguro to Gothic Lolita – for a more in-depth understanding of the style trends that have both represented and influenced local art and culture for the past four centuries, you need look no further than the Chic Gentleman & Elegant Ladies exhibit currently showing at Tokyo’s Yamatane Museum of Art.
Fashionistas and historians alike will appreciate the wide variety of paintings and block-wood prints that depict the ever-changing aesthetic of Japanese fashion; from the kimono dress of the Edo-period, to the western-influenced attire of the Modern era, and the unique counter-culture streetwear of the C.21st. And if you’re feeling extra bold (or stylistically inspired), consider donning a kimono for your visit – anyone who arrives in traditional dress gets a discount for dressing the part!

Until 13th July, 2014.

3-12-36 Hiroo / Shibuya / 10am-5pm Tue-Sun, closed Mon / +81 3 5777 8600 /

Yasuda Yukihiko, Oda Nobunaga Dancing before His Departure for the Front, Shōwa Period, 1970, Colour on Paper ⓒYamatane Museum of Art Uemura Shōen, Listening to a Cuckoo's Call, Shōwa Period, 1948, Colour on Silk, ⓒYamatane Museum of Art