The elegance of the kimono is matched only by its historical significance as a symbol of Japanese culture. The material, made of fine silks, and the colors, bright and vibrant, may seem really exotic to Westerners, but the kimono serves a very practical purpose: comfort. The garment was a staple of Japanese fashion for about 1200 years, until the 20th century, when it became synonymous with formal occasions. An exhibition at the Society of the Four Arts Wednesday will present 97 kimonos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, considered the last era of the “living kimono, when kimono was being worn by the large majority of the populace,” according to the museum’s website. In addition to the garments,... More >>>