From the collection of the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, this book visually introduces ethnic costumes from 69 countries around the world through approximately 500 photographs.
It explores the climate, geography, history, and daily life that ethnic costumes narrate. It also explains the materials and techniques used in these costumes.
Ethnic costumes are often thought to be worn only on special occasions like festivals and weddings, but this is not the case. Originally, the form of ethnic costumes evolved to suit the local climate, geography, and way of life. Over time, these forms have changed due to the era, social circumstances, and the influence of different ethnic groups.
The shape, patterns, and materials of ethnic costumes reflect not only the climate and geography but also the history, way of life, thoughts, and ideologies of a culture. In an era of globalization where many things are becoming uniform, ethnic costumes remind us that a diversity of values exists in the world. Clothing is not just something that covers the body; it represents something or conveys meaning through “dressing up,” which is true for us today as well.
[Structure of this book]
Chapter 1: Basics of Ethnic Costumes
Chapter 2: Ethnic Costumes of Various Countries
Chapter 3: Understanding the World through Ethnic Costumes
- Release Date:
- June, 2019
BUNKA GAKUEN COSTUME MUSEUM
It is one of the few museums in Japan dedicated to fashion, based on the educational corporation Bunka Gakuen. Founded in 1923, Bunka Gakuen currently encompasses Bunka Gakuen University, Bunka Fashion College, Bunka Fashion Graduate University, fashion-related research institutes, libraries, museums, and a publishing division. As a comprehensive educational institution for fashion, it stands at the center of Japan’s fashion education, sending many talents into the fashion industry.