Attention, Queen City fashion lovers! The latest special exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style, opened on June 28, and you will not want to miss it.
Kimono explores the broad impact of this deceptively simple garment—the kimono—on global fashion and design, and features more than 50 high fashion ensembles by Japanese, European, and American designers including Coco Chanel, John Galliano, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Rei Kawakubo, Iris van Herpen (whose own special exhibit at the CAM last year was a knockout), and Issey Miyake.
And you won’t just see drool-worthy outfits; the exhibit also features Japanese prints, paintings, and textiles, as well as pieces inspired by Japanese design from the CAM’s permanent collection, from traditional and contemporary fashion to paintings, prints, and Cincinnati’s own Rookwood Pottery.
Since Japan opened its ports to the world in the mid-1850s, the kimono has been inspiring artists and designers across the globe with its simple structure and beautiful motifs. The kimono’s influence on modern fashion becomes clear as you walk through each room of the exhibit. Presented in four sections, Kimono takes the viewer on a journey through time from the salons of the 1800s, to the ballrooms of the Edwardian era (think Downton Abbey), to the runways and streets of the present day.
From fine examples of early kimonos to elegant vintage evening gowns; from sleek modern haute couture to quirky contemporary pieces inspired by manga and anime, Kimono is a must-see for any fan of fashion or Japanese art and culture.
The exhibit is a truly thrilling experience for fashion-loving visitors. Check out the gallery for a peek at some of the exhibit’s gorgeous pieces, and get to the Art Museum ASAP to see them in person. The show will be on display until September 15.
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For more information about Kimono, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum's website.