JAPANESE LEGEND FOR THE COSTUME
Kyoto is a city with rich cultural and historical heritage. There are situated a great number of museums that had kept the spirit and the atmosphere of passed époques. One of the most impressive and famous among them is the museum of the costume in Kyoto. He opens doors in 1974 and from then till today it fascinates its visitors with reproductions of clothes and accessories with doll sizes. The exposures in the museum change twice yearly and every one of them characterize an exact historical period. In one of the rooms of the museum there are two exhibits that are hanging only at ropes and easily can be tried on by every visitor. In 1998 is opened the new wing of the museum that is situated in Spring Palace in Rokuivo.
A visitation in the museum of the costume will give you a possibility to submerge in an atmosphere from the period „Heian”, and the fanciers of the legend for “Genii” can enjoy to three-dimensional reproduced scenes from the history.
One of the most impressive exhibits of the museum is this of Hiroshi Sugimoto who presents sculptures and photos of models of one of the greatest Japanese contemporary designers – Rey Kawakubo, Isei Miaki, Yohji Yamamoto and others. Among the exhibits of this exhibition are noticed five, not showed till present, black and white photos, those shapes, shadows, lines and the density of the models are caught extremely precisely.
In the museum of the costume in Kyoto were on a visit clothes and accessories at one of the greatest world designers, among those John Galliano, Paco Rabanne, Hussein Chalayan, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and many others.
1. Dress of Isei Miaki from collection spring-summer 1994.
2. Dress of Yohji Yamamoto from collection spring-summer 1998.
3. Reproduction of model “Karolina” from collection „Flowerbomb” of „Victor & Rolf” in the museum of the costume in Kyoto.
4. – 5. Corsets of Hussein Chalayan, exposed in the museum in Kyoto during the exhibition „Visions of the body”.
6. Model of Rey Kawakubo from his collection spring-summer 2007 in the museum in Kyoto.
7. Model of Paco Rabanne from 1967 in the museum in Kyoto.
8. Model of „Dolce&Gabbana” from collection spring-summer 2004 in the museum in Kyoto.
9. Model of John Galliano for “Christian Dior”, collection autumn-winter 1997-08 in the museum in Kyoto.
Photo: © Takashi Hatakeyama
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