V&A Museum Unveils Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Fashionable brocade patterns of the Imperial Palace, Utagawa Kunisada, 1847-1852, Japan, Victoria and Albert Museum


V&A Museum Unveils Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

The home of one of the world's most significant collections of Japanese art and design will open Europe's first major kimono exhibition on February 29.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk presents the national dress of Japan — a formal garment that is viewed as traditional and timeless — in a new light, showcasing it as a dynamic, ever-evolving statement of style. Featuring kimonos, paintings, and woodblock prints, the exhibition traces the garment's robe's influential history from 17th-century Japanese culture to the contemporary fashion shows while explaining its social and sartorial importance. Running through June 21, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk is the latest in the V&A's series of revelatory fashion exhibitions.

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