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.
FASHION HUB 2019 KEYNOTE
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.
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.
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.
Due to high demand, bookings are essential
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