Opulence. Itchiku Kubota, Tomoyuki Yamanobe, Diana Vreeland, preface.
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Opulence. The Kimonos and Robes of Itchiku Kubota

Tokyo/New York: Kodansha International Ltd., 1984. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's stiff printed wraps, original illustrated dust jacket, original illustrated obi band.

Monograph on the work of Japanese textile artist Itchiku Kubota. After having a profound reaction in his early-20s to a fragment of tsujigahana textile exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum, Kubota devoted his career and artistic practice to the silk dyeing technique, which flourished in Japan from the 14th to 16th centuries. Kubota invented a modified version of the labor-intensive color process, which he called "Itchiku Tsujigahana," in the mid-60s. His luxurious and intricately produced kimonos and robes soon became highly coveted, earning the seal of approval from numerous fashion designers and icons, including Diana Vreeland. The present volume comprises a selection of photos of his 1981 fashion show, portraits of individual pieces, candids of the artist at work, a chapter on how the material is dyed, and a personal chronology by Itchiku Kubota, with each year accompanied by a kimono. Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white plates (several folding) by leading Japanese photographers, including Kishin Shinoyama and Takeshi Nishikawa; with biographical and critical text by textile design expert and curator Tomoyuki Yamanobe, with index. Text in Japanese and English. Light toning to unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #5142

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