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Asia chic. The influence of Japanese and Chinese Textiles on the Fashion of the Roaring Twenties

Art et Mode - Publisher 5 Continents - Fondation Baur - Ouvrage relié - 280 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2019

European fashion was profoundly influenced in the early decades of the 20th century by the style, textiles, patterns and colour combinations of Asian clothing.

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Model LIV_9788874398539
Artist Art et Mode
Author Estelle Nicklès van Osselt
Publisher 5 Continents - Fondation Baur
Format Ouvrage relié
Number of pages 280
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 270 x 210
Technique(s) 173 illustrations en couleur
Published 2019
Museum Fondation Baur de Genève

Exhibition Catalogue Asia chic. The influence of Japanese and Chinese Textiles on the Fashion of the Roaring Twenties, presented at the Baur Foundation, Geneva (10 april - 7 july 2019).

The discovery of the kimono, in particular, with its loose cut, fluid lines and broad range of decorations, captivated the great couturiers of the period. It enabled adventurous women in the Roaring Twenties to cast out their corsets and social straight jackets, while offering a new, daring kind of elegance with exotic overtones.

From the meeting of these two sartorial cultures has sprung an exhibition and this catalogue, in which the drawings of Paris fashion designers are compared with examples of contemporary East-Asian textiles from the Baur Foundation in Geneva. The wonderful garments discussed include the collections of kimonos and other Japanese clothes gifted by Sato Mariko (2008) and Sugawara Keiko (2015), as well as Chinese textiles that are the pride of the Foundation.

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