Introduction to the KCI FoundationIntroduction to the KCI Foundation

Introduction to the
KCI Foundation

Visite (detail), c. 1890
© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Richard Haughton

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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
Tel:+81(75)-321-9221 Fax:+81(75)-321-9219
E-mail:info@kci.or.jp
Organization A non-profit organization. Re-organized in 2009 as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation/Koeki Zaidan Hojin.

Objective

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.

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History

Apr. 1978
The KCI is established.
Aug. 1978
The first KCI Museum mannequin is developed in conjunction with the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Apr.-Jun. 1980
"The Evolution of Fashion" exhibition is held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Apr. 1982
The first issue of "DRESSTUDY", the KCI’s biannual bulletin, is published.
Oct.-Nov. 1982
"The Undercover Story" exhibition is held in Tokyo and Kyoto in conjunction with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
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 Régime" at the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
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
Oct. 2018 -Jan. 2019
"Kimono Refashioned: Japan's Impact on International Fashion", at the Newark Museum, organized with the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Feb. -May. 2019
"Kimono Refashioned: Japan's Impact on International Fashion", Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Jun. -Sep. 2019
"Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style", at the Cincinnati Art Museum, organized with the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Aug. -Oct. 2019
"Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?", collaborated with the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Dec. 2019- Feb. 2020
"Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?", at the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
July. - Aug. 2020
"Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?", at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Aug. 2020
For "Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?", Makoto Ishizeki, Curator, and Michimasa Ogata, Associate Curator won the Western Art Foundation Prize, Arts and Sciences.
May. - Sep. 2021
"Dress Code: Are You Playing Fashion?", collaborated with the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.