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The Art of Fashion | 17th–19th century

"The Art of Fashion | 17th–19th century "

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10  January 2, 2022 (Sun) - March 6, 2022 (Sun)

Robe (Kosode) with a Paulownia Tree and Phoenixes, Passed down by the former retainers of Kurume domain, Edo period, 18th century

Japan's traditional clothing, kimono, are based on kosode — the outer wear of the Edo period (1603–1868). At first, the court nobility and samurai wore under other clothing. But from about the 15th century, the samurai  began using them as daily outer wear. In the 17th century, kosode became the most common clothing for men and women of all classes.

Wealthy women placed orders for custom–made kosode at luxury clothing stores. They often chose the patterns from clothing–design books that were published and widely circulated. Together with these kosode, they wore hairpins and combs to accent their elaborate hairstyles.

In contrast, men wore kosode with understated patterns like stripes or checks.

Their usual fashion accessory was a small case (inrō) and a toggle (netsuke) for securing the case to the sash. This gallery features kosode and accessories, together with prints and paintings (ukiyo–e) showing how people wore them and how fashions changed over time.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 4 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Robe ("Kosode") with a Plum Tree and Bamboo Fence Edo period, 18th century I-4434
Highlight Robe ("Kosode") with a Paulownia Tree and Phoenixes Passed down by the former retainers of Kurume domain Edo period, 18th century I-4313
Highlight Long-Sleeved Robe ("Furisode") with Clouds, Bamboo Curtains, and "Tachibana" Oranges Edo period, 19th century I-2951
Highlight Case ("Inrō") with a Rooster and Hen Edo period, 19th century H-97