“A Collection of Modern Beautiful Women”/ On Collection at the Edo-Tokyo Museum
- Taking on the Latest Fashions, Starting in Tokyo
- The Japanese began wearing Western-style clothing in the early Meiji era. Unlike the speed with which men adopted short hair and Western costume, Western clothes did not spread as quickly among women, who usually stayed at home at the time. Those who disrupted this situation and helmed the introduction of Western clothes were the women of the upper class. When the Rokumeikan was built in Uchisaiwaicho in Chiyoda Ward in 1883, splendid balls were held to entertain guests from overseas, and women donning dresses of the latest fashions from Europe were suddenly bathed in limelight. The latest fashions, attempted by these women in Tokyo, gradually spread to the general public, taking them to the next era.