KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.


© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

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1984 Autumn/Winter [Upper-left]
1985 Spring/Summer [Lower-left]
1986 Spring/Summer [Upper-center]
1984 Spring/Summer [Upper-right]
1984 Autumn/Winter [Lower-right]
1984 Autumn/Winter [Lower-center]

Tokio Kumagaï
Cat: black suede, paint, appliqué and embroidery [Upper-left]
Cock: white leather, appliqué [Lower-left]
Mouse: silver leather, appliqué and embroidery [Upper-center]
Rabbit: white leather, appliqué [Upper-right]
Duck: brown suade and leather, appliqué [Lower-right]
Lion: beige leather, appliqué [Lower-center]
23.5cm (length) / 8cm (width) / 3cm (height of heel) [Upper-left]
23.5cm (length) / 7.5cm (width) / 1cm (height of heel) [Lower-left]
23.5cm (length) / 8cm (width) / 3cm (height of heel) [Upper-center]
22cm (length) / 7cm (width) / 3cm (height of heel) [Upper-right]
23.5cm (length) / 8cm (width) / 1cm (height of heel) [Lower-right]
22cm (length) / 7cm (width) / 1cm (height of heel) [Lower-center]
Credit Line
Bequest of Mr. Tokio Kumagaï [Upper-left] Bequest of Mr. Tokio Kumagaï [Upper-center] Bequest of Mr. Tokio Kumagaï [Lower-right]
Inventory Number(s)
AC7192 92-13-103A [Upper-left]
AC5133 85-23-2A [Lower-left]
AC7445 92-13-356B [Upper-center]
AC5134 85-23-3B [Upper-right]
AC7198 92-13-109B [Lower-right]
AC5139 85-23-8B [Lower-center]

Between Autumn-Winter 1983 and Spring-Summer 1986, Tokio Kumagaï's animal series appeared frequently. The original inspiration came from noticing that wine spilled on a table had left a stain as like a lovely mouse, this led to his mouse shoes. Various animals were added to this animal series that began from playfulness. Paying careful attention to detail and adding tails or ears to capture the characteristics of different animals, the designs were full of humor and ideas. This creativity, unconstrained by the conventional notions of the shoe category, made Tokio Kumagaï's shoes fun to wear.
Moving to France in 1970, Kumagaï caught the spotlight in the 1980s for his designs, particularly shoes. His ideas came from his own daily life, incorporating images gleaned from paintings, photographs, crafts, and even from friends' comments to design shoes that stood as artistic objects in their own right.