From Oct 23 to Dec 21, Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum located in Yoyogi, Tokyo presents exhibition “Imperial Court Costumes of the Meiji, Taisho and Pre-War Showa Era-Western and Traditional Clothing.”

The exhibit features a total of 80 pieces including men and women’s western styled court dress called the dairei-fuku and traditional robes such as sokutai, jyuni-hitoe, and keiko. The exclusive imperial fashion, imbued with the rich royal history, reflects the unique style as well as the drastic changes brought upon by the political and social reform during the Meiji Period up until the start of the World War in the Showa Period. Striving to modernize the nation, the Meiji Government actively adopted the Western systems and the Arts; even Western attire for the court. The traditional court wear was limited to specific occasions, following a strict dress code according to status, rituals, and ceremonies. The royal costumes on exhibit uniquely illustrate a side of contemporary Japan that is rarely seen by the public. Gallery talks to be held on Nov 16 and Dec 7.

【Exhibit Information】
Imperial Court Costumes of the Meiji, Taisho and Pre-War Showa Era-Western and Traditional Clothing
Venue: Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum
Address: 3-22-7 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Date: Oct 23 to Dec 21
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (until 7:00 p.m. on Nov 15 and Dec 13)
Closed: Sundays, National Holidays (Open on Nov 3, 4)
Tickets: Adult 500 yen, University, College and High School Students 300 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 200 yen