Past Exhibitions

Japanese Wedding Costumes
April 29, 2015 - June 7, 2015

The pure white bridal shiromuku and the black patterned hikifurisode (a kimono with long, flowing sleeves and a padded, trailing hem), which are still the centerpieces of Japanese wedding apparel today, have their roots in wedding costumes of the Edo Period (1603-1868). The shiromuku, with a white background, was worn in samurai families, and a long-sleeved furisode in three colors (white, red, and black) known as mitsugasane worn in merchant families. This exhibition traces the evolution of the wedding costume from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the years before World War II.

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