If you like fashion with a Japanese twist, rush to the Asian Art museum from Feb 8th through May 5th, 2019

Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Paul Poiret and Louboutin amongst others, are present for this exhibition that will remind you about the influence of Japan on the French fashion as early as the 1900s. Getting inspired by Japan was all part of the movement called Japonisme that happened in Western countries after it opened to the world.

Those incredibly modern fashion visionaries leveraged kimonos’ shape, asian prints and textiles to create more fluid designs. In fact, it did a lot to loosen up the European women wardrobe that was still squeezed in corsets at the beginning of the 20th century.

But the Japanese influence didn’t stop in the 1920 as the avant-garde of the Japanese designers took Paris by storm in the 80s with famous names like Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Watanabe.

Finally, the exhibition also features in the current trends with outfits by Tom Ford, John Galliano, the lasting influence of Japan and its art on fashion over the years, ending up on a decidedly modern note motifs directly influenced by animes.   

Christian Louboutin Silk grosgrain, studs and silk embroidery. The Kyoto Costume Institute.

In short, you will discover no less than 35 outfits all coming from Kyoto Costume Institute, in this amazing exhibition.

With all you learned about Japanese fashion, you can go to the arts and crafts room where material is available to let the designer who is in you, express itself, and create your own miniature Kimono inspired piece of clothing. You can also attend some of the event related activities

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Check for details at Asian Art Museum San Francisco. Hours: closed Monday – opened Tuesday to Saturday 10-5PM and Thursday 10-9PM

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