|Name||The Kyoto Costume Institute|
|Established on||April 1, 1978.|
|Supported by||Wacoal Corporation|
|Address||103 Shichi-jo Goshonouchi Minamimachi
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8864, Japan
|Organization||A non-profit organization. Re-organized in 2009 as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation/Koeki Zaidan Hojin.|
The late Koichi Tsukamoto, founder of the Kyoto Costume Institute and the Wacoal Corporation, made the following statement in regard to the establishment of the KCI: “The genre of Western-style women’s clothing underwent developed dramatically in postwar Japan, but most of these stylistic notions were imported. In order for Japanese fashion to truly lead the world, it is critical that we understand the entire history of the garment industry up until the present day, as encapsulated in the maxim, ‘Discover the new in the old.’ This was Wacoal’s mission and also my personal mission as the company’s founder and president.”
The establishment of the KCI was a direct outgrowth of an exhibition called “The 10’s, the 20’s, the 30’s: Inventive Clothes, 1909-1939”, which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1973. In 1975, due to the efforts of Tsukamoto, who also served as Vice-Chairman of the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the late Issey Miyake, a famous Japanese designer, the exhibition traveled to the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. This event, the first full-scale fashion exhibition held at a national art museum, enjoyed great popularity, raising awareness of fashion and providing an international perspective.
In April 1978, the KCI was established under the auspices of the Wacoal Corporation and the authorization of the Agency for Cultural Affairs with the aim of collecting, conserving, researching, and displaying Western-style clothes. Tsukamoto stressed that the word “Kyoto” should be included in the name of the institute, as the city was once the capital of Japan and remains closely associated with kimono and other forms of traditional culture. Rooted in this history, modern Japanese fashion began to receive international acclaim in the 1980s. Today, the KCI, a product of Koichi Tsukamoto's tremendous insight, continues its work as a Kyoto-based, global fashion research institute.