By Kyoko Gasha
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kimonos, lined with polka dots, Cubist patterns and big-eyed anime characters, are on show in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, exhibiting how East and West influenced one another to remodel the normal Japanese garment.
“Often if you consider style, you consider huge manufacturers made within the Western world. However the kimono additionally had a style system going again to the seventeenth century,” mentioned Monika Bincsik, Diane and Arthur Abbey Affiliate Curator for Japanese Ornamental Arts on the museum.
Greater than 60 kimonos are on show alongside Western clothes within the first present co-hosted by the Met’s Japanese Gallery and Costume Institute.
“The Japanese kimono had a giant affect on Western style going again to the early twentieth century,” Bincsik mentioned.
For instance, French couturier Paul Poiret created a kimono coat, whereas Western summary artwork impressed the daring geometric patterned ‘Meisen’ kimonos of the early 1900s.
The exhibit runs by means of Feb. 20.
(Reporting by Kyoko Gasha; Modifying by Richard Chang, Alexandra Hudson)