Designing Kimono: The Meaning Behind the Imagery

April 29, 2020
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Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of all in our community, this talk has been postponed (date TBD) and our building temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our COVID-19 page for information on ticket refunds, donations, and our virtual program initiatives.

Plum blossoms, cranes, maple leaves – so many beautiful kimono have been adorned with these iconic motifs, going back centuries. Designing kimono requires a deep understanding of traditional imagery, combined with a flair for creativity and innovation. Chiso, one of the oldest and most prestigious kimono making companies in Japan, has a long history of kimono design, including Meiji period collaborations with famous Nihonga painters. At this talk, Chiso designer Atsuhiro Imai and President Yasushi Nakata illuminate the kimono design process and the history of their exquisite collection.

Presented in Japanese with English interpretation.
Followed by a reception and a display of kimono from Chiso.


Tickets: $15/$12 Japan Society members, seniors & students  
Box Office Policy

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • 6:30 pm