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Kimono- Kyoto to catwalk

Opens August 17

Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk explores the cultural, social, and sartorial significance of kimonos. Showcasing rare kimonos dating as far back as the 17th century to modern day interpretations of the iconic garment. Produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it is Europe’s first major show on a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion.

Red kimono


Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk is a rare and rich exhibit with over 300 unique objects, many of which are iconic garments telling us about the importance of kimonos through the ages, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. The visitor can explore kimonos from the 17th century to today's new interpretations on the streets of Tokyo, in the fashion industry and on screen. Legendary garments from popular culture such as the Star Wars movies and contemporary haute couture, mingle with exquisitely embroidered garments and objects from 17th century Japan. In Gothenburg, the exhibition will be supplemented with four kimonos from the collections of the Museums of World Culture. Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk covers different periods in the history of the kimono and tells us about cultural diffusion. The exhibition is an exciting display of world culture in the sense that the kimono is in constant change and because it tends to evolve when encountering new cultures. The exhibition is produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It will open at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg on August 17th 2021.

Curator tour from the V&A

Follow the exhibition curator Anna Jackson at the Victoria and Albert Museum on an intimate 5-part tour through the exhibition spaces, providing a personal insight into the making of the show, star exhibits and the fascinating history of the kimono. All episodes are accessible here.

The films are produced in English by V&A and has no Swedish subtitles.

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