From Kimono to Couture: The Evolution of Japanese Fashion

Drawing inspiration from The Textile Museum's fall exhibition, Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection, this weekend conference explored the evolution of Japanese fashion from the enduring kimono to the latest styles worn on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka. Speakers included: Sharon Takeda, senior curator and head of the department of costume and textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Liza Dalby, author of Kimono: Fashioning Culture, Geisha, and The Tale of Murasaki; Kendall Brown, associate professor, department of art, California State University, Long Beach; Harold Koda, curator in charge, Costume Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Yuniya Kawamura, associate professor, the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director and head of the textiles department, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.