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Kimono: The Making of a Cultural Icon at Museum of East Asian Art, Bath



Ezen Foundation joins forces with the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, to present an exhibition focusing on the icon of Japanese history and culture - the kimono. Showing the evolution of fashions and styles through time, it provides cultural insights into trends, modes of production, historical and cultural contexts.

This multi-media exhibition features antique woodblock prints, vintage posters, photographs, and is enriched by precious craft objects created to adorn the Japanese dress. Although often imagined as a costume frozen in time, the kimono is very much a living tradition that has responded to social and political changes throughout Japanese history. Recent revivals have shown it to be a dynamic and multifaceted garment that continues to nurture current fashions - as evidenced by cutting edge contemporary designs present in the exhibition.