The Kimono in Print:
300 Years of Japanese Design


Keisai Eisen, Modern-Style Beauties in Snow, early-mid 1820s, published by Sanoya Kihei (Japanese), color woodblock print, John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.146

March 28 – June 28, 2020

The Kimono in Print is the first ever show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Artists during these periods, through the wide circulation of prints, documented ever-evolving trends in fashion, popularized certain styles of dress, and even designed kimonos. This intriguing dialogue between print and kimono design will be illustrated by approximately 80 Japanese prints, as well as a selection of illustrated books and paintings.

This exhibition is generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Early research for this project was made possible by the Japan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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