The Cutting Edge Kimono Exhibition — That’s Not My Age


Kimonos on the V&A

Now some museums and galleries are open once more, it’s time to tentatively enterprise forth on public transport. Masked-up and hand-washed inside an inch of sanity. Nervousness dilutes need, however hopefully by the point the V&A’s wonderful, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition re-opens on the finish of the month, I’ll do it for the sake of artwork. Earlier this 12 months, the Kimonos exhibition opened to nice acclaim then closed two weeks later. These have been the times, when shuffling together with the group was the norm and we didn’t even know what social distancing was.

The  Japanese kimono is a garment with a big social historical past. That means, ‘the factor to put on‘, the kimono was initially the couture of its day in the Edo interval. Common, one measurement suits all, the kimono has been reinvented and reappropriated via the many years and tracing its origin and cultural significance makes this an much more compelling cause to go to the V&A. With over 100 kimonos to admire, the exhibition tells all. From the best way lower and development emphasise the Japanese ethos for easy however well-executed design, to the ornamental particulars that signified class and hierarchy in social circles. The uncommon historical kimonos, lovingly crafted are my favourites. Imagining the ladies who wore them and historical traditions they represented is central to appreciating the analysis behind the exhibition’s epic attain.

From Kyoto to catwalk


Equally inventive are interpretations curated from modern-day designers within the remaining show-stopping room. The kimono-shape fantastically re-worked and re-imagined by the likes of Issey Miyake, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen; one in every of my highlights was seeing the kimono-dress (designed by McQueen) worn by Bjork on her seminal 1997 album Homogenic. And who knew Freddie Mercury slipped right into a easy kimono after belting out  I Need To Break Free in a sequin catsuit, on stage each night time. This excellent exhibition proves that the kimono is a dynamic, consistently evolving icon of trend. And the last word androgynous piece of clothes is much more acceptable with at the moment’s gender-fluid trend motion.


Bjork’s Alexander McQueen costume and album cowl by Nick Knight


If afterwards, like me, you immediately turn out to be enamoured by all issues Japanese and listening to Madam Butterfly for the umpteenth time is just not sufficient, this intriguing ebook, “Stranger within the Shogun’s Metropolis“ (Amy Stanley/Chatto & Windus) is all a couple of girl’s life in 19th century Japan. I’m off to delve additional into life in Tokyo…



The V&A will open some important galleries this week (from 6 August 2020), initially from Thursday to Sunday and the Kimono exhibition will re-open on 27th August, with pre-timed tickets booked upfront to permit for ample social distancing to be maintained. Security measures will likely be in place, sanitisers in motion and face coverings are to be worn and ‘Yoi shirase’ (fortunately) the outlets and cafes will likely be open.

Tlisted here are a collection of brief informative excursions HERE, with Anna Jackson, the curator, offering data behind the entire undertaking and it’s a beautiful alternative to go to in the event you can’t but make it to the V&A.


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