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The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. In kimono it is the pattern on the surface, rather than the cut of the garment, that is significant. Indications of social status, personal identity and cultural sensitivity are expressed through colour and decoration. The kimono worn by women, particularly the young, were the most richly decorated and it is generally these that survive in collections like that of the V&A.

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V&A Pattern: Kimono

V&A Pattern: Kimono

Beautiful and practical, the books are visual summaries of the most sumptuous parts of the V&A collections' Royal Academy MagazineThis attractive seri…

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The Fabric of India

03 October 2015 – 10 January 2016. The highlight of the V&A’s India Festival, this will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

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Event - Gallery Talk: Japanese Dress

Thu 03 December 2015 13:00–14:00

GALLERY TALK: To mark the re-opening of the Toshiba Gallery, curator Anna Jackson will explore fashionable dress in Japan from the sophisticated kimono of the 18th and 19th century to the Lolita styles of today.

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