japonisme: is it true what they say about hats?

29 March 2007

is it true what they say about hats?

i have read (though i can't find it just now) that the japanese hairstyles that were 'discovered' in prints and in visits to japan had a great influence in the hats of the day.










what is it with hats, and hair? why is it that century after century we do things with our hair or wear things on our heads that seriously increase its volume?

is it a frame for the face? a crown? an unconscious wish to appear threatening? a wish to enhance beauty?

in any case, at that point in time, japanese styles were influencing everything, so why not hats?

As the 19th century drew to a close the hats got big enough to use as fire buckets... (more)

immense, yard-wide hats, laden with plumes and feathers or with basket-loads of artificial flowers... (more)

(left: edouard vuillard, georges de feure, utagawa kuniyoshi, and again kuniyoshi. right: not known yet, kunisada utagawa, jules-alexandre grun, gabriele munter.)

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15 Comments:

Blogger harlequinpan said...

Thanks for your visit and kind comment,i am sorry that you canceled the origenal posted for dancing,but i still very happy to read this new text and wonderful illustrations.
As Ukiyo-e (浮世絵),Japan's hair style and the beauty of neck curve also far-reaching impact in Europe trendy. I would like to introduce you an outstanding blog:Des Chapeaux

http://chapeauxbibitop.blogspot.com/
Wish you will like it! :)
Good luck

30 March, 2007 01:08  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks, harlequin! the only reason i didn't include pita's wonderful blog is because it seemed to me it mostly dealt with much more recent chapeaux!

don't know if you saw this post. i think in this current post, even the shape of the fur on the back of the neck might be a sign of influence as well--what do you think?

the only reason i took that dancing post down was because it seemed to freeze my blog every time. but then it still froze until i removed another one, and that seemed to have fixed it, so maybe i'll try re-posting the dancing one....

30 March, 2007 05:49  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

Thank you lotusgreen:
"the influence of sight"is great!i agree with you!! thanks again, i'll introduce your blog to my friends.

30 March, 2007 11:26  
Anonymous Clandestina said...

I love the "folie bergères" and Japan style association :)

30 March, 2007 11:32  
Blogger David Apatoff said...

Lotusgreen, that "not known yet" image on the top right is truly splendid. I don't know how to explain the aesthetic of Japanese woodblock prints, but they seem to have a purer form of excellent design than any other art form.

30 March, 2007 16:26  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Hi Japonisme,
I like this hat and hair blog. It made me laugh and think about my favorite burgundy beret, that I won't be parted from. There was a boy on American Idol (yes, I confess I watched it) who had a very shocking, and outrageous hairstyle last week. I think that hair (or lack of) plays a large role in youthful rebellion.

30 March, 2007 18:51  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks again harlequin-- i'm delighted!

30 March, 2007 18:58  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

Clandestina--yeah--aren't they fascinating!

30 March, 2007 19:09  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

david--yeah--the balance of space is remarkable, isn't it? you still see it, like in ads from japan, the center is far less often the focus than are the edges. i wonder what that says about the two national psyches....

meanwhile, i'll keep looking!

30 March, 2007 19:12  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Lotusgreen, I just followed your flickr link and your photographs are amazing. The poppies, the cats- so sorry about Robert. I lost a Persian named, Isabella a while back and still miss her. I feel really fortunate that I found your space.

30 March, 2007 19:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

princess--oh i know hair was a big thing for us; i'm of the "Hair" generation, you know, the dawning of the age of aquarius. :^)

and now the new thing is bald, eh?

30 March, 2007 19:13  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Last year I found a 1910 (2nd edition) copy of Madame Chrysantheme, by Pierre Loti in a turn-around store in Berkeley. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any illustrations but other than some discoloration of the cover, is in great shape.

30 March, 2007 19:40  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

princess-- oh--one of your comments slipped in while i was answering.

thank you. once again you really have touched my heart.

i used to publish a magazine, and it seems to me that i published a translation of a chapter of that. i think i have seen some illustrations for it...? do you read french?

that, and john long's madame butterfly, they were all influential at the time, as i recall, to fan those mikado flames.

30 March, 2007 19:54  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

I wish that I did read, French and if I hadn't slacked off after college could. I am thinking of renewing my efforts.

01 April, 2007 01:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

david--it's from an ebon (notebook) (not sure how that's different from manga) credited to watanabe seitei-- though there are often several artists in one notebook, and they';re not always signed, as i understand it.

check it out here.

02 April, 2007 11:05  

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