Kosode: Haute Couture Kimonos of the Edo Period(26 July- 21 September 2008) Suntory Museum of Art
Kosode: Haute Couture Kimonos of the Edo Period -Premiere Showing of the Matsuzakaya Kimono Museum Masterpieces
Saturday, 26 July to Sunday, 21 September 2008
Clothing to adorn the body has always drawn attention in matters of beauty. During the Edo period (1603-1968), when the kosode (the predecessor the modern kimono) was adopted as the universal garment worn by high and low, male and female, the designs that enhanced its simple construction became the focus of interest, giving birth to a wide variety of decorative patterns.
This exhibition introduces over 300 excellent works shown for the first time in a single spot. It highlights Edo - period kosode, supplemented by other textiles such as Momoyama - period tsujigahana fabrics and Noh costumes, as well as the hinagata pattern books that popularized the kosode designs, plus cosmetic utensils and furniture. The publicizing of this trove, which for seventy years lay guarded in secrecy, allows for a re-assessment of the charm of the kosode as a uniquely Japanese expression and, with good fortune, will provide inspiration for new creations.
Here is the list of items you can see (Kosode_suntory_list.pdf). I liked 39, 73, 96, 171, and 173. I liked both 紗綾 and 縮緬. 紗綾 is pronounced as "saya". Matsuzakaya started its collection around 1931. So, this could be the power of Nagoya. I came to know that from Genroku era, people started to dress kimono with "suso" down. I had thought to myself that it was just Kabuki custom. I was wrong. I enjoyed the exposition.
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