Weekend course
Kimono Fashion: A Global History

Saturday 9 May 2020 - Sunday 10 May 2020

  • Saturday 9 May 2020 - Sunday 10 May 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Looking through an international lens, discover the rich and complex history of the kimono. This course will explore how the kimono has been central to cultural exchange between Japan and Europe for 400 years. You will gain a comprehensive overview of the garment’s impact on costume and fashion designers all over the world.

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Course Leaders Anna Jackson & Josephine Rout

Anna Jackson, V&A Keeper of the Asian Department and specialist in Japanese dress and cultural exchange between Japan and Europe. Josephine Rout, V&A Exhibition Project Curator in the Asian Department.

Relaxed atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, friendly people Previous Course Student

Course Overview

The kimono can be considered the ultimate symbol of Japan, yet the garment has played an important role in global fashion exchange. This course will introduce the kimono, not as static and unchanging as it is so often viewed, but as a highly dynamic, fashionable and international item of dress. Experts in both Japanese and European fashion will examine the aesthetic, social and sartorial significance of the iconic garment and consider the powerful influence the kimono has exerted on western styles from the 17th century to the present day.


Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Weekend course: Kimono Fashion: A Global History

9 May 2020 - 10 May 2020

£147.00 - £195.00

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)