SILK KIMONO
Taisho Era, printed design

A Futurist interpretation of the rose, a popular motif used during the Taisho Era—the rose being an exotic Western flower not cultivated in Japan at the time. The Futurists rarely portrayed natural forms (other than humans), and the designer of this kimono has abstracted the rose motif so far into the Futurist style that it is barely recognizable.

left: Umberto Boccioni, Horizontal Volumes, 1912.


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