Foundation Profile

Foundation Outline

Name The Kyoto Costume Institute
Date of Established April, 1st 1978
Donor Wacoal Corp.
Address 103, Shichi-jo Goshonouchi Minamimachi,
Shimogyo-ku,
Kyoto 600-8864
Japan
Tel : +81(75)-321-9221 
Fax : +81(75)-321-9219
email : info@kci.or.jp
The Competent Authorities Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Objective of the Foundation

The late Koichi Tsukamoto, founder of the Kyoto Costume Institute and of Wacoal Corporation, had the following to say about the establishment of KCI. "After World War II, the genre of western-style ladies' clothing has developed in a dramatic way in Japan, but most of it has been imported. In order for Japanese fashions to truly lead the world, it is critical that we understand the entire historical process of the development of the garment industry right up through the present, as encapsulated in the phrase, 'reviewing the old so as to find out the new.' I felt that this was Wacoal's mission and at the same time, my mission in founding the company and taking the mantle of the presidency."
The development that led directly to the establishment of KCI was a fashion exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This exhibition was reenacted at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto in 1975 under the title "Inventive Clothes" through the effort of Tsukamoto, who served as Vice Chairman of the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, responding to the strong request from Mr. Issey Miyake. This event, the first full-scale fashion exhibition held at a Japanese national art museum, was received very well, raising awareness of the importance of fashion which is originated from Japan and has a worldwide perspective.
In April 1978, with the authorization of the Agency for Cultural A airs, KCI was established under the auspices of Wacoal Corporation, aiming to systematically collect, preserve, research, and display western-style clothes. Tsukamoto inisited that the word "Kyoto" remain in the name of the institute, which is known worldwide as one of Japan's ancient capitals and the center of Japan's traditional culture, as well as its cutural backdrop including its spectacular kimono tradition. Japanese modern fashion, with its roots in Japan's original clothing culture, took off for the world since the 1980s. Today, KCI, brainchild of Tsukamoto's tremendous insight, continues its work as a global-scale fashion research institute based in Kyoto.

History

Apr. 1978 The KCI was established.
Aug. 1978 The first KCI Mannequin was developed in conjunction with the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Apr. -Jun. 1980 Evolution of Fashion at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Apr. 1982 The first issue of DRESSTUDY, KCI's biannual bulletine.
Oct. -Nov. 1982 The Undercover Story at Tokyo and Kyoto in conjunction with the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Nov. -Dec. 1985 Mariano Fortuny 1871-1949 at Tokyo
Apr. -May. 1989 Revolution in Fashion 1715-1815 at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Nov. 1989 -Feb. 1990 Ancient Regime at the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
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Nov. 1991 -Mar. 1992 Élégances et Modes en France au XVIIIème Siècle at the Musée des Arts de la Mode et du Textile au Louvre, Paris
Sep. -Oct. 1992 FLAIR: Fashion collected by Tina Chow at Tokyo
Jun. 1993 Essence of Quality or Comme des Garçons at Tokyo
Apr. -Jun. 1994 Japonism in Fashion at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Apr.-Aug. 1996 Japonisme et Mode at the Musée de la Mode et du Costume, Paris (Palais Gariella)
Apr. 1996 The founder of the KCI, Koichi Tsukamoto was decorated the Grand Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris.
Sep. -Nov. 1996 Japonism in Fashion at Tokyo
Apr. -Jun. 1998 Japonism in Fashion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Dec. 1998 -Feb. 1999 Japonism in Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Apr. -Jun. 1999 Visions of the Body at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Aug. -Nov. 1999 Visions of the Body at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Sep. 1999 The KCI collection exceeded 10,000 pieces.
Nov. 2002 The KCI published Fashion: A History from the 18th Century to the 20th Century, Collection from the Kyoto Costume Institute, Taschen.
Jul. -Oct. 2003 Japonism in Fashion at the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
Dec. 2003-Mar. 2004 Japonism in Fashion at the Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand
Apr. -Jun. 2004 Fashion in Colors: VIKTOR&ROLF&KCI at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Aug.-Dec. 2004 Fashion in Colors: VIKTOR&ROLF&KCI at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Jun. -Jul. 2005 Visions of the Body 2005 at the Seoul Museum of Art
Dec. 2005 -Mar. 2006 Fashion in Colors at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
Oct. 2006 The 50th issue of DRESSTUDY
May -Sep. 2007 Modachrome at the Museo del Traje, Madrid
Oct. 2007 -Jan. 2008 Stylized Sculpture at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Apr. -May. 2009 Luxury in fashion Reconsidered at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Oct. 2010 -Feb. 2011 Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Barbican Art Gallery, London
March -June 2011 Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at Haus der Kunst, Munich
July -Oct. 2012 Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Jun. -Sep. 2013 Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Seattle Art Museum
Nov. 2013 -Jan. 2014 Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion at the Peabody Essex Museum
Mar. -May 2014 Future Beauty: The Tradition of Reinvention in Japanese Fashion at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Nov. 2014 -Fev. 2015 Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Apr. 2015 DRESSTUDY is discontinued, and another biannual bulletin Fasshion Talks... is launched.
May. 2015 KCI's public-relations magazine, Fuku wo Meguru is launched.
Sep. 2016 - Jan. 2017 Elegrance and Splendour of Art Deco. Kyoto Costume Institute, Jewelry Houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels at the Moscow Kremlin Museums
Apr. -Jun. 2017 The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art, collaborated with the Yokohama Museum of Art
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