Christmas Meeting - Sumptuous Silks - Japanese kimono from 1600 to present day

Christmas Meeting - Sumptuous Silks - Japanese kimono from 1600
to present day

Saturday 23 November 2013

Japan has a very rich textile history, the major focus of artistic expression being the kimono. Anna Jackson - Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum - will examine the style, decoration and social significance of the luxury garments created during the Edo Period (1615- 1868), when a highly fashion-conscious consumer society developed. It will also explore changes to this traditional form of dress since the late nineteenth century and the status of kimono in Japan today.

Anna has particular responsibility for the collection of Japanese textiles and dress. Her publications on the subject include Japanese Country Textiles (1997), Japanese Textiles in the Victoria and Albert Museum (2001), and she is presently preparing a catalogue on a private collection of kimono. Another of her research interests is the cultural relationship between East Asia and the West and she has contributed her expertise to a number of exhibition-related books: Art Nouveau 1890-1914 (2000), The Victorian Vision (2001) and Art Deco 1914-1939 (2003). Anna was co-curator of Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800, an exhibition held at the V&A in autumn 2004. More recently she was the curator of Maharaja: the splendour on India’s royal courts, a major exhibition held at the V&A in 2009, which subsequently toured to five venues in Germany and North America. A revised version of the exhibition was staged at the Palace Museum, Beijing in spring this year.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2014 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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