Archive for May, 2003

Au bonheur des Kimonos

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

This weekend I took a short trip to Paris, where among other things, I visited an exhibition at Mitsukoshi-Etoile, just near the Arc de Triomphe. The exhibition was on the history of Mitsukoshi, a prestigious Japanese department store with 300-plus years of history. As their beginnings were in kimono, much of it focused on kimono […]

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Lesson 5: English-language books on kimono

Friday, May 2nd, 2003

After recommending Basic Kitsuke Books and Advanced Kitsuke Books in Japanese, here are some of the best English-language books on kimono. 1. Kimono: Fashioning Culture, by Liza Dalby An excellent book covering kimono past and present. The author covers not only “familiar” – i.e., formal – kimono, but also work clothes, folk clothing, and the […]

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