Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. James McF. Baker, 1948
Not on view
Featured, is a fine early example of a type of dressing gown made in Japan for the Western market. Known as Yokohama robes, for the port from which they were shipped, they were some of the first items made for export after the opening of Japan to the West in 1854. The Yokohama port then opened in 1859. While the materials and embroidery are native Japanese, the cut and construction are Japanese interpretations of Western style and unrelated to traditional Japanese dress.