[Screengrab from Memoirs of a Geisha 2005.]
Dr. Liza Dalby, widely known as the American Fulbright student who lived with the geisha community in Kyoto as she researched her PhD dissertation during the 1970s, is scheduled to visit the Birmingham Museum of Art, Sunday, August 29 at 2 p.m.
Today Dalby is an anthropologist and novelist specializing in Japanese culture. She served as a consultant for the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha and this weekend, in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, Dalby will discuss the powerful yet generally less understood geisha influence on Japanese fashion. As I understand it, her talk will explain how geisha cultivated the reserved aesthetic known as iki, a fundamental aspect of Japanese taste.
With no charge for admission, this lecture falls in my Inspiration is Free category. Learn more about Dr. Dalby and her book, Geisha, here.
[Image of Japanese magazine Taiyo via SRI bookstore.]
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