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Discover the world of Japanese fashion: past and present

Explore the fascinating history of the kimono, brought to life by experts, academics and today's kimono game-changers

Centuries of tradition, ritual, poetry and craftsmanship, informed by socio-philosophical currents, characterise the art of dressing in Japan.

From the codes of ceremonial dress in the Imperial Court of the Edo Period, to the groundbreaking experimentation initiating the country’s fashion renaissance of the 1980s, complexities in construction and ideology underpin Japan’s truly individual fashion legacy and its subsequent ripple effect.

Session I:
The Kimono: An Ongoing History

Professor Toby Slade of Bunka Gakuen and Keio University explores the nuanced history of the kimono and its associated accessories, unravelling the role that dress (both formal and informal) continues to play in public life.

Accompanied by rich visual material, Slade traces the development of traditional dress, analysing its ongoing impact on contemporary fashion design in Japan and abroad.

Session II:
Isogawa In-Conversation

Roger Leong, Senior Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), and Japanese-born Australian designer, Akira Isogawa, discuss the cultural layers providing depth and meaning to Isogawa’s eponymous label.

Currently the subject of a 25-year retrospective at MAAS, Isogawa’s work has revitalised traditional practices, reimagining archetypes in construction. Japanese and Western influences coalesce in Isogawa’s use of fibres, dyeing and weaving techniques, to create truly reflexive garments that cross boundaries of time and national heritage.

Isogawa’s work is rightly recognised as a watershed moment in the history of Australian fashion, and a turning point where Japanese design is concerned.

Session III:
Kimono Dressing: Art & Technique

Join founder of the International Kimono Club Sydney, Tae Gessner, for a demonstration of traditional kimono dressing. Discover the elaborate narratives and sartorial customs which define and delineate the art of kimono dressing as ritual and costume.

Capacity: 50



Saturday 13 April 2019 from 10am to 1pm

Due to high demand, bookings are essential


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