A Look Inside Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Another amazing exhibition at the V&A…

I hadn’t been to the V&A since the amazing Mary Quant exhibition so with a Friday off I was eager to return to my favourite London museum, this time to check out their brand new Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition.


Despite the sunshine it’s definitely still jeans and jumper weather, however it was nice to not have to wear my waterproof coat but my old faithful navy blue military style coat.


This exhibition presents the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world. – V&A Website



It’s such an amazing exhibition full of history, beautiful fabrics and amazing colours. The craftsmanship of all the kimonos was phenomenal, and the fact that some had survived in more than 350 years was just magical.The kimono has evolved throughout time and gone from Japan to worldwide. I particularly loved the John Galliano Dior piece from Spring/Summer 2007 in citrus lemon and lime. I photographed nearly every piece but don’t want to spoil it for anyone so this is just a snapshot.

It’s on until 21st June and tickets are £18.00 – or if you’re a member then it’s free, let me know if you’re thinking of going or if you’ve already been let me know your thoughts.

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