Catch the Wave
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most well-known prints of the Edo Period. The woodblock print (a method also used to print textiles) features a tremendous wave towering over a seemingly minuscule Mount Fuji, a mountain that is traditionally presented as a compositional focus. For Christian Dior’s Spring 2007 couture show, John Galliano looked to Japan in a collection that could be characterized as contemporary Japonisme. Inspired by “Pinkerton’s affair with Cio-Cio San, Madame Butterfly,” Galliano incorporated the famous print onto the hem of a white gown.