This thesis focuses on the racist treatment and internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and how they fought back to gain acceptance in American society through their participation in the military and at colleges and universities.
Programs from three graduation ceremonies: October 24, 1944 Graduation Program; February 25th, 1945, Graduation Program; Colorado College Class of 1945 Commencement ceremony, June 24, 1945, Shove Memorial Chapel, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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?