The Kyoto Costume Institute

Digital Archives

Digital Archives

Yves Saint- Laurent, Detail of "Mondrian" Dress, Autumn/Winter 1965 ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

A digital archives including digitized versions of holdings is available to the public in the KCI Study Room under a fee-paying, reservation-only basis. Providing support for the work of designers and researchers, text and visuals are available for all 12,000 items (costume, underwear, accessories, etc.) in the collection. The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for approx. 300 objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

KCI Digital Archives

And the KCI Digital Archives at Spiral Building in Tokyo also presents high-resolution images and text information for 300 objects in our collection. It is free for charge, without reservation, but is closed sometime for the business reason of the building.

Address : 5-6-23, Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Access : 1 minute walk from exit B1 of Omote-sando station.
Please use Ginza-line, Hanzomon-line or Chiyoda-line of Tokyo Metro.

KCI Study Room

Hours Monday and Wednesday 13:00-17:00
Fee Free of charge. Maximum 2 hours.
Costs incurred for printing.
Group viewing 2 persons maximum.
Contents Text and image of 12,000 pieces of our collection.

The Kyoto Costume Institute
103, Shichi-jo, Goshonouchi Minamimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan


Reservation only

To Make an appointment

Method 1: Please download, fill out the form and fax to us.
Fax: +81(75)321-9219
Method 2: Please send us an e-mail with the following information;
Name, affiliation, e-mail address
Time, date and year of desired visit, research subject, number of persons.

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