KABUKI COSTUME FOR PRINCESS YAEGAKI IN ‘JAPAN’S TWENTY-FOUR PARAGONS OF FILIAL PIETY’, C. 2000, SHOCHIKU COSTUME COMPANY. SILK DAMASK, GOLD THREAD; EMBROIDERY, LAID COUCHING. NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA, PAULINE AND JOHN GANDEL FUND, 2011 – TAASA Review June 2012

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The rich costumes on display in Stars of the Tokyo stage are made from expensive showy fabrics, epitomising the costumes of the Tokyo stage.

The robes were recently produced, but follow styles and motifs established during the Edo period (1615­1868), subtly refined into their current fixed forms in the early decades of the 20th century.

In the Edo period, actors, theatre producers and costumiers designed costumes collaboratively...