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Japonisme

Patricia Mears

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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Overview of Japan

Annie M. Van Assche

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

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The Chinese introduced many items into Japan, including dress types. One, a Chinese court robe, became the prototype for Japan’s signature kimono. Evolving from a simple form to become richly meaningful, kimonos are economical in fabric use and practical in application and can be made in various materials to suit temperatures. Their form has changed very little since their inception during the eighth century. A single garment type serves both sexes throughout life. Those fluent in the language of

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