Take a Personal Curator tour of The Beautiful Kimono Exhibition at the V&A museum

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum much-awaited kimono show is now online for everyone to see.

The much-anticipated kimono exhibition at the V&A was forced to close its doors after the lockdown hit Europe. Opening on 29 February, after only two weeks, “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” had to shelve its performance.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The exhibition has now been postponed and, hopefully, tickets will be available very soon. However to all of you who can not wait, the beauty of technology has blessed you. Viewers can now use a YouTube stream to watch the whole show over the internet. Five of the show’s films, produced by Anna Jackson and created before lockdown, allow viewers to view videos from behind the scenes. It is done for the many of us who in those precious two weeks did not catch the show.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Dating back to the 1600s, “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” at the V&A delves into the history of the kimono in Japan. Today, a reinvention in Japanese street culture has seen the kimono become a popular stalwart.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Videos include insights from Anna Jackson about the production of the exhibition. You can also catch her discussing famous shows such as the Björk outfit designed by Alexander McQueen, as well as Star Wars costumes modelled by John Mollo on a kimono.

You can find all the videos of V&A “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” below, or on YouTube here.

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