Special lecture with Anna Jackson - Seductive Folds: Kimono in the Floating World
9 March / 6–7pm / £8/£6 concessions/£5 Members/£3 Student Members / Sainsbury Centre Lecture Theatre
This lecture is FULLY BOOKED
In contrast to western dress, the straight-seamed form of the kimono has changed little over the centuries and serves to conceal the body rather than to emphasise aspects of the wearer’s shape. Yet the kimono is not a simple, unchanging garment. In the Edo period (1615-1868), a dynamic and sophisticated fashion culture existed in which choices of colour, pattern and decorative technique eloquently conveyed the status, taste and allure of the wearer. This lecture will explore the significance and meaning of the kimono and reveal the central role that the garment played in the ‘floating world’ of entertainment, glamour and eroticism that developed in the urban centres of Edo period Japan.