The Kobe Fashion Museum is presenting a review of Kansai fashion trends from 1950 to 1970. Even before World War II, Osaka and Kobe were known to be culturally cultivated fashion meccas for designers and dressmakers who were influenced by foreign styles.
Influences embraced included French trends, Ivy League style, miniskirts, and Japanese hippie and folk movements. Displays include works by designers Chiyo Tanaka, Kazue Harada, Yasuko Ueda, Kensuke Ishizu and Hiroko Koshino, along with dresses made in collaboration with department stores and foreign fashion houses, such as those from Christian Dior designed by Daimaru Osaka; Jan. 17-April 7.
Kobe Fashion Museum; 2-9-1 Koyocho-naka, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo. Island Center Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥500. Closed Wed. 078-858-0050; www.fashionmuseum.or.jp/museum