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Event Details

To Wear or Not to Wear Kimono: Transnational Fashion Exchange in Meiji Japan and Britain

Saturday, 14 July 2018 , 14:00 to 15:15
Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill

A lecture by Dr Elizabeth Kramer, Senior lecturer in Design History, Northumbria University. This event is part of our new exhibition The Emperor’s New Clothes: Transforming 19th Century Japan, on until 9 September 2018.

Kimono were highly prized by the Western market after Japan increased its trade with the West in 1868. They quickly became embedded in mainstream European fashion. To Britain, the kimono represented a decorative and quaint culture in need of guidance.

At the same time, in Japan, the Meiji Emperor promoted the adoption of Western clothing to rebuild the image of Japan and signify its new modern identity. He even dressed himself in Western clothing to lead the new movement.

Recalling some of the themes from our new Emperor’s New Clothes exhibition, Dr Elizabeth Kramer will discuss the changing fashions in Britain and Japan, which was experiencing a rapid shift at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. She will use fashion to explore the economic, cultural and political relations between the two countries.

A small reception of drinks and biscuits will be provided in the lecture theatre.

This lecture is open to all and free of charge. All welcome.

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Notes on the speaker:
Dr Elizabeth Kramer
Dr Elizabeth Kramer is a Senior Lecturer in Design History at Northumbria Unviersity, Newcastle. Her research focuses on Anglo-Japanese artistic and cultural exchange, particularly related to textiles and fashion.
In 2004, she completed her PhD at the University of Manchester with the thesis “Art, Industry and Design: Japanese and Anglo-Japanese Textile Culture in Victorian Britain, 1862-1900”.

Contact: oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk