As documented in such publications as Fruits magazine, Japanese street style pushes boundaries a bit further each year.
Compare her ensemble to the eighteenth- or nineteenth-century silk costumes made for No performances. Gold is seen extensively in No costumes, used to reflect light and highlight the actors’ slow, stylized movements.
Long, flowing robes also were en vogue in China, as seen in these tiny but detailed figurines dating between the eighth and thirteenth centuries.
The woman in the nineteenth- or early twentieth-century portrait posed in her coat, which she paired with a headpiece made of vivid kingfisher feathers. Speaking of which: see our post on fabulous accessories in our collections.
Joelle Seligson is digital editor at the Freer|Sackler.