Asia Chic: The Influence of Japanese and Chinese Textiles on the Fashions of the Roaring Twenties

European fashion meets Asian traditional clothing

 A lavishly illustrated catalog on Asian textiles from the 1920s• Published to accompany an exhibition at the Baur Foundation in Geneva (details to be confirmed)European fashion was profoundly influenced in the early decades of the 20th century by the style, textiles, patterns and color combinations of Asian clothing. 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 straightjackets, 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 catalog, 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.

  • Author: Estelle Nikles van Osselt
  • 312 pages
  • Hardcover
  • 11 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Published 2019