Kimono to Catwalk
Way back in March (which seems like a decade or so ago) I had the chance to see the latest exhibition at the V&A. This exhibition is one of the many short exhibitions staged by the V&A each year and was no doubt opened to coincide with the buzz surrounding the build up to the Olympics this summer… which all seems alien in light of the past 12 weeks. I have to confess that I’m not that familiar with the kimono, the traditions behind them, nor Japanese culture. Indeed, prior to visiting the exhibition everything I’d learned about the kimono (which was very little) had been obtained from reading Memoirs of a Geisha.
The exhibition was (is?) a delight and I’m so sad that circumstances have dictated that hardly anyone has seen it, or may see it. Perhaps they’ll extend the exhibition once museums reopen?
Given the nature of construction – they are temporarily sewn together and the pattern / design outlined on the surface, before being separated and decorated, then constructed – the pattern and design matching is incredible.
…this costume is from one of the Star Wars films
The exhibition is now available to view online and whilst it’s no substitute for the atmosphere of a museum, it allows the viewer an intimate look.