The work of Issey Miyake. On till June 13, 2016. Miyake has continually strived to develop new materials and methods. These attempts led to epochal designs unlike conventional approaches to making clothes, such as PLEATS PLEASE and A-POC, adding another level of brilliance to people’s daily lives. http://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2016/MIYAKE_ISSEY/index.html
No two kimonos are the same. While new pieces can cost a pretty penny, vintage and second-hand gems can still be had for reasonable prices.
In the same vein, the Obi, the decorative sash which completes the kimono comes in endless varieties. It is always an exciting and a challenging task to pair a kimono with the "right" obi.
There are about a dozen pieces of accessories needed to assemble a kimono. Most of the pieces are hidden under the layers and add to the mystery of this traditional dress form.
In addition to the unique hoof shaped socks called Tabi and the equally unusual Zori slippers, ornate hair accessories, 60s mod hairdos, handbags and overcoats complete the look.
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Kuniyoshi & Kunisada. On till June 5th, 2016. This exhibition showcases prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada, two talented ukiyo-e artists who enjoyed enormous success in the late Edo period. Through these works, handpicked from the world-acclaimed ukiyo-e collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, we hope to provide visitors with an experience of Edo society.
"This kimono experience was more than I hoped for. It felt very special to be able to live the experience fully. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the kimono culture and being introduced to the complex dressing techniques, by someone genuinely passionate about it!" - Nathalie
Nathalie (left) from Paris, in her own beautiful Homongi with Temari motifs. I am wearing a Meisen kimono.