It traces the garment's influential history from 17th century Japanese culture to the contemporary catwalk, and challenges notions of the kimono as traditional and unchanging. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk is the latest in the V&A's series of revelatory fashion exhibitions.
Above: Fashionable brocade patterns of the Imperial Palace, woodblock print,made by Utagawa Kunisada, 1847-1852, Japan. Museum no. Circ. 636 to Circ. 638–1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.