This gold silk kimono belonged to Adelaide Frick, and probably dates to the 1890s. Just as people in the late 19th century were interested in buying Asian-influenced furnishings for their homes, they were also purchasing Asian style clothing like this. Kimonos were popular with Victorian women who were normally laced tightly into restrictive clothing. They were usually worn as robes or loungewear, but could also be worn to fancy dress parties as a fashion statement. The iris motif appears several times on items that belonged to Mrs. Frick.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: circa 1900s
  • Type: Costume
  • Medium: Embroidered silk

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