japanese design effected western fashion in many different ways.
sometimes, kimono were imported, taken apart, and turned into western-style dresses
sometimes fabric design was (is) influenced by lacquerware.
sometimes by color and theme.
(much wonderful fashion is collected, lent, and displayed, by the kyoto costume institute. another resource is new york's met, where a poirot exhibit--see black coat--will be later this year. cocktail dress by dior. chikanabu toyohara & toyokuni utagawa did the prints.)