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Feb 23

Catch the Wave

Katsushika Hokusai and Christian Dior

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.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, ca. 1830–32

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, ca. 1830–32

 

John Galliano for Christian Dior, Spring 2007 Couture

John Galliano for Christian Dior, Spring 2007 Couture

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