A collection of early twentieth-century kimono, Modern Art Kimono was created by Lorenz Hermsen, a graphic artist, textile designer, and importer in Portland, Oregon, USA.

The kimono and haori are those whose surface design has been influenced by European modern art and design. The influence can be seen both as specific to an artist/designer, or as having the feel of an artist/designer or movement.

The collection is comprised of about fifty kimono and haori and is available for exhibition. It can be tailored to specific venues, and is accompanied by documentation and images of the art that seem to be the inspiration for the kimono designs.

Click on the images at the right for expanded views of the kimono and the art that inspired them.

The premier exhibition of Modern Art Kimono was at the Modesto Art Museum, March 19 - April 27, 2014.

Video of the exhibition at the Modesto Art Museum:

Photos of the Modesto Exhibition (kimono and haori shown above right were part of the show; their images are omitted from this group of photos): click on this thumbnail photo

On August 19, 2015, I gave a presentation of the kimono to the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in Beaverton, OR, which was well-received. One of the members, Gerrie Congdon, wrote about it on her blog:

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The first quarter of the twentieth century, especially the Taisho Era (1912-1926), saw Japan’s interest in Western art and culture increase dramatically. Japan was entering the modern age, and with that came greater ease of travel, a flow of information, women entering the work force, and, for some, a departure from traditional Japanese values.

During this time, kimono remained the mainstay of clothing for women. While their structure did not change, their surface design began to reflect increased contact with the West, as some designers looked to European art and design for inspiration. These ‘modern’ kimono represent a melding of traditional Japanese sensibilities with new, European–influenced ideas. They are also valuable as objects of art, as these kimono designers were not mere copiers, but creators of original art synthesizing East and West.

Movements such as Arts and Crafts, Impressionism, the Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Art Deco and Constructivism are recognizable. Many of the major modern artists are represented, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró, as well as important textile designers of the era—William Morris, Sonia Delaunay, Ruth Reeves, and others.