Exhibitions

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

The thrust of KCI's work in this area is the organization of exhibitions focused on themes of fashion, held at museums around the world. KCI handles the planning and opening of such exhibitions, producing timely overviews of clothing from different perspectives.
The major exhibitions organized by KCI in collaboration with the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and other museums-including Revolution in Fashion, Japonism in Fashion, Visions of the Body, Fashion in Colors, etc.-have engendered new interest in fashion exhibitions in Japan, leading a national trend.

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

Evolution of Fashion

Apr.-Jun. 1980, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

The Undercover Story

Nov. 1982-May 1983, at the Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Oct. 1983, at the Harajuku Laforet Museum, Tokyo
Nov. 1983, at the Karasuma Hall, Kyoto

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

Mariano Fortuny 1871-1949

Nov. 1985, at the Spiral Hall, Tokyo

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

Revolution in Fashion 1715-1815

Apr.-May 1989, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Ancient Regime
Nov. 1989-Feb. 1990, at the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Élégances et Modes en France au XVⅢème Siècle Nov. 1991-March 1992, at the Musée des Arts de la Mode et du Textile au Louvre, Paris

FLAIR: Fashion collected by Tina Chow

Sep. -Oct. 1992, at the Wacoal Kohjimachi Building, Tokyo

Essence of Quality or Comme des Garçons

Jun. 1993, at the Wacoal Kohjimachi Building, Tokyo

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

Japonism in Fashion

Apr. -Jun. 1994, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Japonisme et Mode
Apr.-Aug. 1996, at the Musée de la Mode et du Costume, Paris (Palais Gariella)
Japonism in Fashion, Tokyo
Sep. -Nov. 1996, at TFT Hall, Tokyo
Japonism in Fashion, USA
Apr. -Jun. 1998, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Nov. 1998-Feb. 1999, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Japonism in Fashion, New Zealand
Jul. -Oct. 2003, at the Museum of New Zealand, Te papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Dec. 2003-Mar. 2004, at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christfhurch

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

Visions of the Body

Apr. -Jun. 1999, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Aug. -Nov. 1999 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 1999.8.7-11.23 東京都現代美術館

Visions of the Body 2005

Jun.-Jul. 2005, at the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

Fashion in Colors: VIKTOR&ROLF&KCI

Apr. -Jun. 2004, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Aug.-Dec. 2004, at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Fashion in Colors

Dec. 2005-Mar. 2006, at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York

Modachrome

May. -Sep. 2007, at the Museo del Traje, Madrid

© Hiroshi Sugimoto

Stylized Sculpture

Oct. 2007 -Jan. 2008, at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

Luxury in fashion Reconsidered

Apr. -May. 2009, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Oct. 2009 -Jan. 2010, at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

© Lyndon Douglas Future Beauty

Future Beauty:
30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Oct. 2010 -Feb. 2011, at the Barbican Art Gallery, London
March -June. 2011, at Haus der Kunst, Munich
July -Oct. 2012, at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
June -Sep. 2013, at the Seattle Art Museum
Nov. 2013 -Jan. 2014, at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Mar -May. 2014, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

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A Vision of Fashion

June -Sep. 2011, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

The Elegant Other-Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art

April -June, 2017, Yokohama Museum of Art

Kimono Refashioned

Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2019, at the Newark Museum, New jersey
Feb. - May, 2019, at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
June - Sep., 2019, at the Cincinnati Art Museum


Elegance and Splendor of Art Deco, Moscow Kremlin Museums, 2016 © The Kyoto Costume Institute

In addition to exhibitions organized by the Institute, KCI encourages applications for the loan of its holdings or exhibits to other institutions. The MET and Musée de la mode et du textile, Paris are among the institutions making use of this service, attesting to the quality of the KCI collection.


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One characteristic of Western fashion is clothing forms that change with each era. Dressing mannequins is the most effective way to display such clothing. In order to properly display clothing with forms different from those of today, however, mannequins with the body types of respective eras are essential.
The Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) addressed this issue early on. In its founding stage, KCI sought the cooperation of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and developed KCI Mannequin with support on technical issues from Nanasai Co., Ltd. The most important characteristics of the mannequins are that they have the body types of the four eras, into which we divided the period from the 18th century to early 20th century, and that they are fitted with special joints enabling movement similar to that of the human body.
In addition, KCI performed the development of the 18th century male mannequin.
Beginning with export to La Galleria del Costume, Pallazzo Pitti in Italy, KCI Mannequins are now being used in museums and schools all over the world in such countries as USA, UK, France,
Australia, Austria and Germany.

NOTICE:
These mannequins are supervised by the KCI, and NANASAI CO.,LTD. is in charge for the sale of the mannequins.

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