WhatMuseums & Galleries
29/02/2020 - 21/06/2020
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
29 February–21 June
Tickets: £18 adults, U12s free
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk Review
The V&A have done it again. After the roaring success of Dior and Mary Quant get ready for another fashion extravaganza. Timed to coincide perfectly with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer (virus willing) this glorious exhibition is a treat for all ages. The ultimate symbol of Japan, discover how this thousand year old garment has carved its own unique place in the global fashion world.
Delve into the history of this iconic outfit in the first few exhibition rooms. The vibrant culture of glamour and entertainment in Kyoto in the 18th century is reflected in so many of the delicately embroidered designs. Rare 17th and 18th century masterpieces are displayed along side designer and ornate costumes.
From the original Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi costume to Alexander McQueen designs for Bjork, a John Galliano creation for Madonna and Yves Saint Laurent wonders you will be in awe of the 86 kimonos on display. There are also heaps of paintings, prints, some film footage and other Japanese objects to explore (330 in total). Look out for the Oscar-winning costumes from Memoirs of a Geisha. A vast floor to ceiling cinema screen shows constantly changing film footage with clips of Madonna and David Bowie, amongst others, parading in their beautiful ensembles.
The final room, Kimono Transformed, is by far the most impressive. Enter this gleaming white Japanese Garden complete with tiered colourful kimono displays. Kids will love the giant pink bonsai tree and calming stone gardens. Don't be alarmed about little fingers though as all the raked stones are firmly glued down!
A treat for any fashion conscious family. Pretty amazing exhibition shop too. We dare you to leave without buying something!
Review 26 Feb 2020
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
29 February–21 June
Tickets: £18 adults, U12s free
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000
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