What’s the Idea?
The V&A brings the history of the kimono to our homes, with behind the scenes footage of its acclaimed ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ exhibition.
What’s the story
Earlier this year my husband and I booked a trip to view the ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ exhibition at the V&A.
We were looking forward to viewing a huge part of Japanese culture and fashion history.
Unfortunately the V&A closed its doors in February due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
It was a shame for us and the many others hoping to view the exhibit.
As well as for the incredible kimonos that did not have their time in the spotlight.
Luckily the V&A decided to open their virtual doors instead.
Now they are sharing footage of this exciting exhibition – providing everyone from around the world with a VIP experience.
People should do this because…?
This is the first exhibition of its kind to be dedicated to the kimono in Europe.
There are 300 pieces on display, spanning hundreds of years.
You’ll find rare pieces from 17th and 18th century Japan.
As well as more modern day creations, including robes worn in the Star Wars films.
In addition, kimonos worn by Freddie Mercury, Bjork, David Bowie and Madonna also feature.
You can also learn how the kimono has inspired fashion designers over the years.
Anna Jackson, curator of “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” at the V&A, shares:
“I hope you will enjoy the opportunity to escape on a journey that will take us from the sophisticated culture of 17th century Japan to the creativity of the contemporary catwalk.”
How do you do it?
The V&A has released a series of five video tours led by V&A Keeper of the Asian Department, Anna Jackson.
- Exhibition – Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk / Curator Tour (1 of 5)
- Exhibition – Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk / Curator Tour (2 of 5)
- Exhibition – Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk / Curator Tour (3 of 5)
- Exhibition – Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk / Curator Tour (4 of 5)
- Exhibition – Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk / Curator Tour (5 of 5)
These videos were filmed just before the doors were closed to the public.
The exhibition is sponsored by MUFG.
Stuff you may need
- Tablet, computer