[The London Current] The Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum in London, known worldwide for its wide collection of decorative arts, announced that it will hold an exhibition on Japanese kimono from February 29 next year. This is the first large-scale exhibition in Europe. From the traditional designs that were popular in Kyoto during the Edo period to the influences on the fashion of the world today, the contents cover the charm of “KIMONO”.
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The exhibition introduces the transition of Japanese kimono from the 17th century to the present day. At the same time, European clothes that were influenced by kimonos in the early 20th century, costumes from the popular US movie “Star Wars”, and works such as fusion of national costumes and kimonos by contemporary African designers. Will also be on display. The latest fashion in kimono style of the French luxury brand “Christian Dior” will be featured.
Nigeria designer Douro Duro’s work combining African national costumes and kimonos (Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, UK)
Anna Jackson, curator of the V & A Museum, said, “From kimono in the 17th century to the creativity of modern fashion shows, kimonos have a decorative importance and cultural influence. It ’s unique. ”
The exhibition is until June 21 next year. More than 300 items such as kimonos, costumes and Ukiyo-e and paintings depicting women wearing kimonos will be on display.