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Fashioning a meeting between East and West

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Fashioning a meeting between East and West

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has unfurled a kimono exhibition to demonstrate the garment’s influence

Kyoko Gasha

If fashion is your game and you happen to be heading to New York between now and February next year, the city’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has a treat for you.

Kimonos covered with polka dots, cubist patterns and big-eyed anime characters are on display there, showing how East and West influenced each other to transform the traditional Japanese garment.

“Usually when you think of fashion, you think of big brands made in the Western world. But the kimono also had a fashion system going back to the 17th century,” said Monika Bincsik, Diane and Arthur Abbey associate curator for Japanese decorative arts at the museum...

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