JAPAN

JAPANESE WOMEN

Title: [Japanese Scenery II]
Date: (1937-1939)
Film-maker: Tor H. Wistrand

In the above clip, women are dressed in traditional style kimonos decorated with floral prints. Two women seen walk away with their backs to the camera, have bolder, geometric printed design inspired by Art Deco. The kimono remained the dominant form of dress for women in Japan until post 1945. Japan was also influencing Western fashions through this period as a jacket held by Horsham Museum shows (Item No. 1993.316).

Title: A Japanese jacket Date: (1930s) Horsham Museum, Horsham District Council
Title: A Japanese jacket
Date: (1930s)
Image Kindly reproduced with the permission of Horsham Museum, Horsham District Council


 [Japanese Scenery II] [1937 - 1939?]

Title: [Japanese Scenery II]
Date: (1937-1939)
Film-maker: Tor H. Wistrand

In the above image, a Japanese woman wears a bold purple kimono with a shell-like print. Her long hair is rolled up and decorated with red ribbon and jeweled accessories. A woodblock print, dating 1920, at the British Museum depicts a woman in a blue bathrobe combing her very long hair. See Item No. (1930.0910.0.1).

Western influences on Japanese styles in the interwar period can be seen in this woodblock print of 1934 in the British Museum. It depicts a female nude in Japanese baths with short bobbed hair defying conventional Japanese ideals of femininity. See Item No. (1981.0730.0.2).


JAPANESE MAN

[Japanese Scenery II] Date: (1937-1939)

Title: [Japanese Scenery II]
Date: (1937-1939)
Film-maker: Tor H. Wistrand

This film provides an insight into the rich colours of Japanese men’s clothing. His coat is red, green and gold and accessorised with a red and white cone-shaped hat.