Past Exhibitions

Kimono and Fashion: The Beauty of Kosode
February 9, 2022 - March 13, 2022

Perhaps no form of traditional Japanese clothing is as iconic as the kimono. The origins of the modern kimono can be traced to earlier forms of clothing worn by common people and also to narrow-sleeved "kosode" underrobes worn beneath the multilayered jūni hitoe robes of noblewomen during the Heian period (794–1185).
As dress customs evolved, members of the upper class began to wear the kosode as an outer robe, incorporating various patterns and motifs in a diverse array of techniques. With the flourishing of print culture in the Edo period (1615–1868), a kind of "fashion magazine" called hinagatabon became popular, leading to the true birth of kimono fashion as new styles and techniques were introduced to accommodate the demands of consumers.
What place could be better to experience the beauty of the kosode than Kyoto, the center of fashion and birthplace of the kimono?

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