Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seductive fashions from Edo-era Japan

Forget the red carpet - the most gorgeous fashions on view are part of the new exhibit at the Asian Art Museum.

http://www.examiner.com/article/seduction-japan-s-floating-world-now-open-at-the-asian


Courtesan in her boudoir, approx. 1818–1825, by Utagawa Toyokuni (Japanese, 1769–1825). Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk. John C. Weber Collection. Image © John Bigelow Taylor.


 Courtesan promenading under cherry blossoms, approx. 1815–1819, by Katsushika Hokuun (Japanese, active approx. 1800–1844). Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk. John C. Weber Collection. Image © John Bigelow Taylor.


 Outer robe with wisteria and stylized waves, 1750–1850. Japan; Edo period (1615-1868). Silk satin, silk, and couched gold thread embroidery, shaped resist–dyed. John C. Weber Collection. Image © John Bigelow Taylor.


A drunken beauty beneath cherry blossoms, from the series Contest of Modern Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters, by Torii Kyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815). Woodblock print; ink and colors on paper. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection, 2005.100.67.a. Image © Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.



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