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Need help dating silk kimono/robe

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by persephone60, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. persephone60

    persephone60 Registered Guest

    This is a silk robe in a kimono-like style (it doesn't look like an actual kimono, but the designs on it look like Japanese designs). I got it from a collector who had pieces from the 1890s-1940s. I'm guessing it's 1920s-1940s (it's definitely not a recent piece, and I know that kimonos and kimono-style robes were popular in the early to mid-20th century). I'd love to narrow the date down more precisely if anyone can help. Also, does anyone know any good books/resources for dating robes/kimonos? Thanks!

    (The last pic is a pic of the lining--there is some damage to silk where some of the "seal" decorations are.)

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  2. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

  3. Lucybelle

    Lucybelle Registered Guest

    I would characterize this as a haori based on the length. Also, I believe you are displaying this inside out (if it is an authentic kimono, which it seems to be). The mons should be on the outside. Kimono often have beautiful linings, I have several black haori similar to this (similar in style to the kimono, but they are shorter and function more like a jacket) with highly decorative linings. The lining on yours is very dramatic and I love the colors!

    As Mary mentioned, traditional Japanese garments are difficult to date as shapes have remained consistent over time.
  4. tiadola

    tiadola Registered Guest

    I am purely basing this off a guess from the items I've been studying. You are indeed displaying it inside out as Lucybelle says.
    Ladies haori from 1900s-1920s, late Meiji or early Taisho period.
    Guess is based off of length, the fact it's completely dark on the outside, fabric texture, lining print, lining textures, mon print.
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  5. Sam Gibbins

    Sam Gibbins Registered Guest

    I agree both with it being inside out and being men's.
    It is gorgeous and I'm incredibly jealous 8'^(
  6. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest

    It is lovely, I don't see earlier then 1940s but is is so difficult from photos and can be as difficult when you have the item in front of you.

    I also don't think it ever worn by a Japanese person but that is only a gut feeling.
  7. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    Oohhh the style of this is very similar (though less colourful) to one I have just seen on insta. Kansai Yamamoto was the designer of a beautiful 1970’s ensemble, it was posted by the costume society (I think? I can say that). However I did read that the style was inspired by a much earlier style dating back to I think the 17thc. Not sure if that’s helpful at all.

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