Skip to content
Meiji Period Hairstyles

Meiji Period Hairstyles

Meiji Period Hairstyles by Ginko Adachi (1885)

From their origins, many Ukiyo-e prints were a continuous display of latest fashions, both in terms of clothing and hairstyles. Some prints openly advertised textile and garment shops in downtown Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. As keen observer of contemporary life, Ginko portrays a full range of ladies' hairstyles of the time. In the centre of the triptych a hairdresser attends a client- thanks to the mirror, we can also admire her pretty face.

Western Updo by Kunichika Toyohara (1885)
With the Meiji Restoration in 1868 Japan opened its borders to the world and a lot of outer influence started pouring into the country. Different fashions and styles began to impact on the traditional Japanese ones and one of the first ones to be more widespread was different ways of arranging the hair for women. Many western styles became extremely common and artists even began to create encyclopedias of different hairstyles that could serve as explanation or inspirations of the new fashions.
Previous article Going Shopping
Next article Beauties Sewing

Leave a comment

Comments must be approved before appearing

* Required fields