Sarah Frederick, Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Boston University

Join us for an exploration of the kimono in modern Japanese culture with special attention to their appearance in women’s magazines, postcards, and modernist literature. How was the kimono, often viewed as an image of traditional Japan, used to express modernity and cosmopolitan experiences? How was the interest in Japanese clothing culture abroad viewed by Japanese thinkers and artists? The talk coincides with the opening of an installation of kimono and related material in the Compton Gallery honoring the late Dr. Terry Satsuki Milhaupt and the publication of her book, Kimono: A Modern History. The installation was made possible by The Dr. Terry Satsuki Milhaupt Fund for Japanese Textiles.