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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk at the V&A Spring 2020


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“Kimono ensemble

Hiroko Takahashi (b. 1977)


The universal language of circles and straight lines is utilized to dramatic effect by Hiroko Takahashi.

Takahashi originally planned to make western-style clothing. In kimono, however, she found the perfect vehicle for her distinctive aesthetic that seeks to bridge fashion and art. She designs all her garments as unisex.


Kimono: designed in Tokyo, made in Tökamachi,

Niigata prefecture, 2009; crépe silk (chirimen), digital printing; under-kimono (juban): plain weave silk, digital printing

Obi: designed in Tokyo, made in Kyoto, 2006; brocade silk (nishiki)

Zöri: designed and made in Tokyo, 2009; silk, brocade silk (nishiki), leather and enamel

Given by Hiroko Takahashi

V&A, FE.236 to 241-2019”

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Taken on February 29, 2020