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The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art


Turner [Britain]  "Dress"  1870s  Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Richard Haughton 


After Yokohama Port opened in 1859, the city began to serve as a gateway, accepting Western culture and sending Japanese culture abroad. Focusing on fashion and art from the late 19th to the early 20th century, this exhibition examines how cultural exchanges between the East and West influenced people’s lives and aesthetics.

With the start of the Meiji Period in 1868, Western fashion and customs quickly permeated Japanese lives. At the same time, Japanese art objects and kimono were exported to the West, creating the Japonism boom. To both those in Japan and the West, the people on the other side of the sea must have looked like “beautiful others,” elegantly clad in attractive and unusual clothing, and richly ornamenting their daily lives with unfamiliar crafts.

In addition to approximately 100 dresses and accessories from the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) that will be shown for the first time in Yokohama, the exhibition features another 100 items, including accessories, handicrafts, paintings, and photographs from both Japanese and foreign museums and private collections. Enjoy watching how Japan and the West accepted, developed, and discovered new beauty in each other’s fashions and lifestyles. *Some displays will be changed during the course of the exhibition.



DatesApril 15 (Sat.) - June 25 (Sun.), 2017
Open Hours10:00-18:00
*Open until 20:30 on May 17 (Wed.), 2017 
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
Closed Thursdays  (except May 4), May 8 (Mon.), 2017
Organized byYokohama Museum of Art [Yokohama Arts Foundation],
The Kyoto Costume Institute, Nikkei Inc.
Supported byCity of Yokohama
Special Cooperation withWacoal Corp., Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
In Cooperation with                     Japan Jewelry Craft School, Association for Kimono Studies,
Minatomirai Line, Yokohama Cable Vision Inc.,
Yokohama FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,
Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd. 


Advance Pair Tickets2,000
*A pair of tickets for two people.
*On sale from January 15(Sun.) until February 14(Tue.), 2017
Adults1,500(¥1,300/  1,400)
University students
High school students 
900 (700/800)
Junior high school students600 (400/500)
Children under 12Free
Seniors (65 and older)1,400
*ID required. Only available at ticket counter in the museum.            

*(/)=Advance / Group of 20 or more.
*For a group of 20 or more, reservation is required in advance. 
*Advance tickets are available from February 15(Sun.) until April 14(Fri.), 2017 at the Museum Shop and through Seven-Eleven ticket.
*Free Admission on June 2(Fri.), 2017
*Free admission for high school students and younger with valid IDs on Saturdays.
*Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the entrance.)
*The ticket also gives admission to the Exhibition of the Museum Collection for the same day.     

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