Event: Worn with Pride – Textiles, Kimono and Propaganda in Japan 1925–1945

Japan Foundation - Worn with Pride

Event date: Tuesday 14 May 2015, 6.30pm

Japan has a rich tradition of textile production, crafting remarkable fabrics that reveal the country’s considered aesthetics. From century to century, decorative fabrics have been used to adorn the body and bring pleasure not only to those who wore them, but also to all who saw them. One period of history, however, highlights a remarkable change in the visual design of Japanese textiles.

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, The Japan Foundation, London has invited Dr Jacqueline M. Atkins to give a special illustrated talk on the capacity of cloth to communicate the persuasive power of Japanese propaganda of the time. While presenting various examples of the striking designs used in garments from children’s kimonos to adult attire, Dr Atkins will map the evolution in pattern design during a time of conflict that produced a new look in fashion. She will also discuss the meanings behind the distinct graphics represented in the textiles, and why these unique visual references symbolised the social, cultural and even political interest and patriotism of this period in Japanese history.

Dr Atkins will be introduced, and later joined for a discussion by Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The talk will take place at the Swedenborg Society, 20–21 Bloomsbury Way (entrance on Barter Street), London WC1A 2TH.

For more information, visit the website of the Japan Foundation. This talk is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve a place, email event@jpf.org.uk with your name and the title of the event.

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