Kimono Couture

The Beauty of Chiso

Vivian Li & Christine Starkman


Kimono Couture is an in-depth exploration of the art and history of the kimono in Japan, told from the perspective of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious kimono houses still in operation today – the 460-year old House of Chiso.

The book highlights Chiso's textile and design innovations and unwavering commitment to beauty over the centuries, with over 13 exquisite kimonos drawn entirely from Chiso's collection, including a specially-commissioned wedding kimono. The authors contextualize and illuminate the importance and continuing role of kimonos in contemporary Japan, and discuss, variously, Chiso's network of artisans and the survival of endangered techniques and textile crafts in the 21st century.


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