Date of Award

Spring 2020

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Director of Thesis

Kristin Hall

Second Reader

Rebecca Nagel


This thesis is an exploration of historical Japanese dress for women, especially focusing on the kimono. It will delve into the comparisons between Western and Japanese dress (respectively yōfuku and wafuku), especially focusing on form and silhouette. It will conclude with an examination of the current status of the kimono, what led to its demise, but also what recent revitalization efforts have been made in Japan. The companion creative portion is a collection of modern clothing that is inspired by elements of these historic garments, showing that these design elements are timeless. I desire for this project to be a celebration of Japan’s past and present, while captivating the unique beauty of the culture.

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