Kimono: Fashioning Culture

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Vintage, 2001 - Art - 395 pages
14 Reviews
In this beautifully written and lavishly illustrated book Liza Dalby traces the history of the kimono - its designs, uses, aesthetics and social significance and in doing so explores the world of the geisha, last wearers of the kimono. The colourful and stylised kimono, the national garment of Japan, expresses not only Japanese fashion and design taste but also reveals something of the soul of Japan. Amazingly beautiful, many today consider it impractical, too uncomfortable to wear in modem life - it was generally discarded by men for suits and ties a century ago, and now only worn occasionally by women. However, the kimono still retains a powerful hold on the Japanese heart and mind, and provides a link to Japan' s past.

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

I was at a museum in Japan that had some antique kimono, and I thought, you know, I would really like to read a book about the history and cultural meaning of kimono. This book could not have been ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

This is an absolutely wonderful book, but much more scholarly and detailed than I expected. If you are not a scholar, a skim-through might be enough. I wish it had photographs. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specialising in Japanese culture and the only Westerner to have become a geisha. She is the author of The Tale of Murasaki, Geisha and consulted on Steven Spielberg's film of Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in California with her husband and three children.

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