History of Kimono

Image above: Geisha and Attendant in snow by  Kitagawa Utamaro  1790s. (taken from Geisha Beyond the Painted Smile, edit. the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem: Geroge Braziller, Inc., 2004)

Image above: Geisha and Attendant in snow by  Kitagawa Utamaro  1790s. (taken from Geisha Beyond the Painted Smile, edit. the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem: Geroge Braziller, Inc., 2004)

Japan America Society of Colorado member, Dr. Hiroko Johnson, will host this lecture about the History of Kimono.

Originally an imported fashion from China, made popular by courtesans (who wore their under clothing as fashion, just like Madonna!), kimono have evolved to become the iconic dress of Japan.  Follow the development of design, uses, style and decorative techniques in kimono with Dr. Hiroko Johnson, Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Japanese Art History, San Diego State University.   

 

Dr. Hiroko Johnson is an art historian specializing in Japanese art history. She received a PhD from the University of Southern California and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Tokyo in Japan. She specializes in Asian art and brought Japanese culture to her students by taking them on annual study tours to Japan. Currently an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University, she received the Most Outstanding Faculty Member award in 2011. In San Diego she is on the board of the Japanese Friendship Garden and has co-curated the woodblock prints collection of the San Diego Museum of Art. She has numerous publications in both Japanese and English, including a monograph titled "Western Influences on Japanese Art: the Akita Ranga School and Foreign Books" in which she introduced the West to the Akita Ranga Art school, Japan's first art school to apply the Western painting techniques in Japan.