Underneath the 'Orientalist' kimono

Jul 18, 2015

Underneath the 'Orientalist' kimono

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Is it “racist” for non-Japanese to wear kimono? That question has been fiercely debated since protesters entered Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in late June to decry an exhibition encouraging visitors to try on a red uchikake kimono in front of a 1876 painting ...

Cries of racism prompt Boston art museum to cancel 'Kimono Wednesdays'

Jul 8, 2015

Cries of racism prompt Boston art museum to cancel 'Kimono Wednesdays'

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is cancelling “Kimono Wednesdays” after protesters decried the event as racist. In a Tuesday statement, the museum apologized for offending some visitors with the event, where museum-goers were encouraged to don the traditional Japanese garments and pose in ...

Hours of preparation make perfect for model Rei Hamada

Oct 23, 2014

Hours of preparation make perfect for model Rei Hamada

Plumes of hair spray create a suffocating cloud over a group of fashion models waiting to be beautified in a room overlooking Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district. A full eight hours before Rei Hamada is set to grace the catwalk at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo ...