The Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) in London will unveil the kimono used by Freddie Mercury, the vocalist of the legendary British rock band “Queen,” at home on February 14 at an exhibition starting February 29.
Since his first visit to Japan in 1975, Mercury has raised interest in Japanese culture and has collected Japanese antiques.He was known for his flashy stage productions and sometimes wore “bold patterned kimonos” when performing.
The kimono that will be released this time has been held by individuals so far.
According to the V & A, the design is more delicate and clearly feminine than the kimono worn on the stage, giving a glimpse of the sexual mobility of personal life. Also Mercury is known as a sexual minority.
It will be released until June 21 as part of an event on the theme of kimono. More than 300 items, including kimonos from the 17th and 18th centuries and dresses worn by celebrities, are on display.
Freddie Mercury’s favorite kimono to be unveiled at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) in London (image (c) V & A provided, UK PA News Agency = joint)