My thesis focuses on the traditional Japanese kimono and the influences of this clothing form on Japanese society and fashion, and Western fashion. I address the following questions: How has the kimono affected Japanese society, both in terms of form and meaning? How have kimono design and aesthetics influenced contemporary haute couture designers in Japan? How have these contemporary Japanese designers changed perspectives on Western fashion perspectives? And finally, how has the evolution of the kimono contributed to consumer culture and social capital in Japan today?
Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 53, Fashions - Mrs. Henry McAllister, Jr. include: 1 8-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, titled “Fashions of To-day,” signed by Phebe Ketcham McAllister; 1 printed program of the Anne Hathaway Shakespeare Club for the year 1901; 27 b&w photos, unidentified, illustrating women’s and children’s fashions; 6 b&w photos, all marked “Young ladies representing characters in ‘Cranford’ at a benefit entertainment”; 1 envelope containing representative fabric scraps, addressed “Fashions of Today. August 4, 1901. Mrs. Henry McAllister, Jr.”; 1 handwritten note acknowledging Giddings Bros. Dry Goods and Madame Fraser, Dressmaker for their contributions; 10 fashion plates, b&w and color.
The bolder Japanese women of the 1920s imitated the dress of their Western sisters.