The chronological coverage of this database is from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the end of World War II in 1945. This period, when kimono and western-style dress contended with each other, was very dynamic and characteristic for Japanese clothing culture. Information on acculturation of costume during this period found in illustrations of newspaper novels and books, photographs, and posters has been stored in the database.
Originally, this database project was jointly initiated by Daimaru laboratory and Kubo laboratory in the National Museum of Ethnology, and Takahashi laboratory in the Osaka-Shoin Women's University. Currently, it is inherited to and maintained by the MCD Research Project Team organized in the National Museum of Ethology.
The current sum total of the data including images is about 6,000 items.
This database is partially funded by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, which is part of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
We also have received support from many institutions and researchers during the development. We truly appreciate all of their help.