Kimono: Fashioning Culture

Kimono: Fashioning Culture

by Liza Crihfield Dalby
     
 
Dalby may be best known as the American anthropologist who spent a year as a geisha in Japan, an experience she wrote about in her 1983 book Geisha. This paper reprint of a 1993 original actually grew out of a chapter in Geisha and explores the history and cultural meanings embedded in the national costume of Japan. Beautifully illustrated in b&w and

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Dalby may be best known as the American anthropologist who spent a year as a geisha in Japan, an experience she wrote about in her 1983 book Geisha. This paper reprint of a 1993 original actually grew out of a chapter in Geisha and explores the history and cultural meanings embedded in the national costume of Japan. Beautifully illustrated in b&w and some color, the work is part fashion history and part social analysis.

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Publishers Weekly
Another Eastern fashion innovation is spotlighted by anthropologist Liza Dalby (Geisha) in Kimono: Fashioning Culture. When Dalby spent a year as a geisha in Kyoto in the 1970s, she found that the most difficult part of her work was wearing the kimono. Her experience inspired this exhaustive chronicle of the history and social meanings of the robe. Dalby is particularly concerned with how the confining robe in which women can't, among other things, cross their legs clashed with creeping Westernization in the last century, giving rise to such controversies as the 1920s skirmish over what kind of underwear should properly be worn with the kimono. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Dalby, author of Geisha (Univ. of California Pr., 1983), has written a lively, informative study of the kimono, tracing its evolution throughout Japanese history to its current status as the national dress of Japan. Her book's coverage includes all types of ``native'' dress, past and present; her unique position as a Western ``insider'' allows her to demystify the complex social mores connected with wearing the kimono. The work is also notable for reprinting and translating sections from 17th-century pattern books and for its discussion of the Heian (794-1185) color palette. Jill Liddell's The Story of the Kimono (Dutton, 1989) and Alan Kennedy's Japanese Costume: History and Tradition (A. Biro, 1990) cover different aspects of kimono history and textile design. The three books nicely complement one another, providing almost complete coverage of the subject. At once scholarly and enjoyable reading, Kimono is recommended for academic and public libraries with collections on Asian culture.-- Katharine L. Kan, Aiea P.L., Hawaii

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300056396
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1993
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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