Japan Society Presents a Talk on Kimono Traditions



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©Kimono Artisan Kyoto

Kimono on the Runway: Traditional Elegance in High Fashion

Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Admission: $13/$10 Japan Society members, seniors, and students

If there is one garment that represents Japanese culture and heritage, it is the kimono. The kimono as we know it today, with straight cut lines, dates back to the Heian period during the late 700s. Once a part of daily dress, kimonos are now worn for special occasions like weddings, formal celebrations, birthdays, tea ceremonies and festivals.

Kouichi Fujii is the president of the 100-year-old kimono textile company, Fujii Shibori in Kyoto. He will come to Japan Society on Friday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. to take part in Kimono on the Runway: Traditional Elegance in High Fashion event. Mr. Fujii will speak about the deep history of kimomo as well as the process of making kimono, while Monika Binssik, Assistant Curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, moderates. The challenges and opportunities for global acceptance of kimono will also be discussed.

After the talk beautiful kimono will be on display for viewing, followed by a reception. New Yorkers, if you have a kimono this is the perfect chance to show it off! When else do you get to dress in kimono during the winter here? Why not use this opportunity as a chance to dress up in your kimono? We are sure Kouichi Fujii would be impressed to see so many New Yorkers wearing kimono!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.