Japanese Dress in Detail - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Japanese Dress in Detail

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A unique insight into the history and key themes  of Japanese dress from the 18th century to the present

This handsome book  reveals the elaborate embroidery, precise folds and sophisticated dyes that form some of the most  beautiful garments in the V&A's Japanese dress collection. Using Including garments for women, men and children, the details have been selected both for their exquisite beauty and craftsmanship, and for how much they impart about the wearer's identity, be it age, status or taste. A comprehensive introduction, illuminating the main periods and key themes of Japanese fashion history, is followed by thematic chapters that cover all aspects of clothing, from hair accessories and necklines to hemlines and shoes.

Each garment or object is accompanied by a short text exploring its structure and the fascinating range of decorative techniques employed, including embroidery, weaving, lacquering, stencilling, dyeing and digital technology. Specially commissioned detail photography and line drawings provide an invaluable resource for Japanophiles, students, collectors, designers and lovers of fashion and world dress.

  • Author: Josephine Rout, Project Curator in the Asian Department at the V&A Museum
  • Paperback: 208 pages | 198 illustrations
  • Date published: May 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500480571
  • Product Dimensions: 29.0 x 20.5 cm

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