Take a step back in time and learn about the history of kimonos at the V&A's upcoming exhibition.
Discover the secrets of Japan's traditional garment at the Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition, where rare kimonos dating as far back the 17th century go on display. Learn about the "sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the kimono" through paintings, prints, film, and dress accessories. The exhibition also explores the way kimonos have shaped past and current fashion trends (we wonder if there will be any reference to Kim Kardashian’s latest underwear collection).
The kimono is an iconic garment, well known for its elegant cut and delicate patterns. Usually reflective of a person’s social class and identity, it is worn by both men and women, although women’s kimonos tend to be more adorned.
This exhibition is the first time many rare historic kimonos from the past will be on display in the UK. So you can cancel those flights to Japan, if kimonos were the only thing on the to-do list.
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk is at the V&A from 29 February-21 June 2020. Tickets go on sale winter 2019.