A woman wearing a kimono against a blue background.


Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

On until Sunday 5 January

"A revelation... full of individual glories: of fabrics, embroidered or stencilled, boldly or delicately patterned, both sumptuous and simple, muted and radiant." - The Guardian

From samurai style and geisha chic, to Jedi knights and rock stars, explore the fascinating story of the significance, appeal and influence of this iconic garment.

Showing the kimono as a dynamic, ever-evolving icon of fashion, the exhibition traces its evolution and influence from 17th century Japan to today’s cutting-edge couture and street fashion across the world.

The beauty and importance of the kimono, meaning simply ‘the thing to wear’, is celebrated with an extraordinary collection of around 300 garments, accessories, paintings, prints, photographs and film clips from the V&A and collections around the world.

This is the final chance to see these rare works together on the last stop of the exhibition’s international tour.

Saturday 4 May 2024 - Sunday 5 January 2025

V&A Dundee 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ

Exhibition Gallery

£7.00 - £15.00 £2 Discount for advance booking. Members and 18’s & Under go free. Other concessions apply.

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Exhibition Trailer

Key Objects

A mannequin with a kimono depicting a woman.
Outer-kimono for a woman (uchikake), probably Kyoto, 1860-80 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A blue kimono depicting traditional Japanese water plants and birds.
Kimono for export, probably Kyoto, 1905-15 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A golden kimono depicting traditional Japanese flower and trees.
Kimono for a woman (kosode), probably Kyoto, 1680- 1705 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A peach kimono depicting flowers and Japanese architecture.
Kimono owned by Freddie Mercury, Japan, 1950-70 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A red kimono with a star-like pattern on a stand
Kimono for a young woman (furisode), probably Kyoto, 1800-50 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


A book for Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk by Anna Jackson

A group of magnets with kimono designs

Chiyogami Kimono Magnet

A bag with floral design.

Cats and cherry blossom shoulder bag by Hayley Scanlan

Kintsugi Repair Kit

Kintsugi Repair Kit

A group of brooches with a fan design

Chiyogami Fan Brooch by Claire McVinnie

A poster for Kimono exhibition

Kimono Exhibition Poster

Supported by

Arnold Clark
V&A Foundation
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