Julie Valk

Julie Valk

Anthropology (2014 cohort)

I am a DPhil Social Anthropology student researching the shifting uses of Japan’s traditional dress, the kimono, in contemporary Japan. I am currently undertaking a year’s fieldwork in Aichi prefecture, Japan, to collect ethnographic data on the kimono collections owned by local women and additional data on kimono retailers and kimono fashion books and magazines.

The social and economic changes in the last 30 years have impacted the tradition of providing brides with kimonos when they get married. Although fewer and fewer women are now wearing the kimono, women in their 20s and 30s are rediscovering kimonos through second-hand shops and the increase in popularity of vintage fashion. I anticipate that my research will provide a significant contribution to the anthropology of Japan and the anthropology of dress.

I hold a BA in Japanese Studies and an MSc in Social Anthropology.

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