As the national dress of Japan, kimonos have a long and colorful history. While today, the costume is being incorporated in modern streetwear, the traditional version of the robe is still celebrated. A new exhibition in Japan explores the evolution of women’s kimonos over its 1,500-year history.
This remarkable show is hosted by the Tokyo-based Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum in collaboration with the Kyoto Dyeing and Weaving Cultural Association—the latter of which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Visitors will be able to view genuine costumes from the 19th century to contemporary times, as well as see an assortment of recreated kimonos from the Kofun period (about 300–538 CE) up until the Meiji period (1868–1916) displayed on mannequins.