In its 1300 years of history, the harbour-side city of Osaka experienced a supreme era of abundance during the late Edo and Meiji periods (1850-1900). As the commercial capital of Japan, it was a city full of spectacularly rich merchants and their families who, although wealthy, remained outsiders to the nobility or warrior classes and their rigid symbolic heirachies of dress. Kimono then: O.T.T ukiyo-e edo period woodcut displaying the lacroix (dahling) approach
In response they competed and compensated by displaying their wealth through their laborious, highly decorative homewares and clothing in a proto explosion of urban superstar and 'ghetto' bling. Immigration Museum Manager, Padmini Sebastian, says of this era “Osaka’s aristocracy and merchants opted for a spectacular display of wealth through their fabulous and flamboyant kimono, by using the most expensive fabrics and the most intricate designs.” The new exhibition at one of hml's fave venues features around 60 kimono, complete with hair accessories, shoes and interactive outfitting experiences , promising visitors a unique window into the incredibly complex language of the Kimono and it's place within Japanese history and culture.
kimono today - golden arches competing with golden cranes and Mary J Blige style fur ..
This is one we have promised ourselves not to miss...
Kimono: Osaka's Golden Age 15 May - 14 Sep 2008, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Open Daily, at the Immigration Museum: 400 Flinders Street Melbourne
Kick Gallery is located at 239 High Street Northcote and is open Wed-Fri 12-8pm and Sat 12-5pm.