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Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan

January 31–April 4, 2010 | Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester |

Picture: Woman’s kimono with rose motif, Taisho period, 1912–1926, The Montgomery Collection, Lugano, Switzerland. Courtesy of

Nearly 100 extraordinary examples of kimono created between the 1890s and the 1950s tell the story of how Japan's traditional national dress was influenced by technological advances in silk production and exposure to Western cultures.

This nationally touring exhibition brings together nearly 100 extraordinary examples of kimono-Japan's traditional national dress-from the famed Montgomery Collection in Lugano, Switzerland. Included are everyday garments; intricately embroidered ceremonial robes; boys' kimono stenciled with cars, airplanes and battleships; and colorful Art Deco patterns heralding the emergence of Japan's "new woman."

All were created between the 1890s and the 1950s, a dynamic period when technological advances in silk making and the influence of Western styles resulted in an explosion of bold and vibrant designs.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, VA. Support for the national tour and catalog has been provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. In Rochester, the exhibition is made possible by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund.
Open Wednesday-Sunday 11 am to 5 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.
Open Tuesday, February 16 (school break week) from 11 am to 5 pm.
Closed Mondays and all other Tuesdays.

$10; college students with ID and senior citizens, $6; children 6-18, $5.
Always free to members, University of Rochester students, and children 5 and under.
Half-price admission Thursdays from 5-9 pm is made possible by ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Monroe County.

More Information:

Patti Giordano 585.276.8932 / pgiordano @
Larissa Masny 585.276.8934 / lmasny @

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

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