Japanese Dress in Detail


A unique insight into Japanese dress from the 18th century to today, explored through sumptuous detail photography of some of the most fascinating pieces in the V&A’s collections


ISBN: 9780500480571 Category:

Josephine Rout, Anna Jackson


Bringing together more than 100 items of clothing, this book reveals the intricacies of Japanese dress from the 18th century to the present. Including garments for women, men and children, the details have been selected both for their exquisite beauty and craftsmanship, and for how much they impart about the wearer’s identity, be it age, status or taste.

A comprehensive introduction, illuminating the main periods and key themes of Japanese fashion history, is followed by thematic chapters that cover all aspects of clothing, from hair accessories and necklines to hemlines and shoes. Each garment or object is accompanied by a short text exploring its structure and the fascinating range of decorative techniques employed, including embroidery, weaving, lacquering, stencilling, dyeing and digital technology. Specially commissioned detail photography and line drawings provide an invaluable resource for Japanophiles, students, collectors, designers and lovers of fashion and world dress.

Additional information

Weight 1056 g
Dimensions 20.7 x 29.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 16 September 2020
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.7 x 29.1 cm
Weight 1056 g


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Josephine Rout is a Project Curator in the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Anna Jackson is Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum.