Kimono for a woman, 1930-40. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman, 1930-40. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman
Machine-spun pongee silk woven with stencil-printed warp and weft threads (meisen)
Japan, early Showa period, 1930-40
Montgomery Collection

In the 1930s the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan became important icons of Art Deco, a global style that had a major impact on Japanese art and design. One of the most famous skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, forms an unusual, but arresting, motif on this kimono.