Kimono: Fashioning Culture

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Vintage, 2001 - Art - 395 pages
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 Modern 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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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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I was lucky enough to get this book signed by the author. It's half-fashion analysis, half-historical analysis of wafuku in Japan. Highly recommended. Read full review

Contents

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF KIMONO
17
THE KIMONO DISCOVERS ITSELF
65
WOMEN WHO CROSS THEIR LEGS
125
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Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specialising in Japanese culture and the only Westerner to have become a geisha. She is the author of Tale of Murasaki and is a consultant on Steven Spielberg's film of Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in California with her husband and three children.

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