The Kimono’s Impact on Fashion / New Exhibition

Featuring pieces from Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, and Raf Simons, ‘The Kimono Refashioned’ launches at the Newark Museum in New Jersey this weekend.

It’s a fairly well-known fact that Japan is a hotbed for innovative, forward-facing fashion. As home to some of the most revered designers around today – from Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, to Junya Watanabe and Issey Miyake – their success stems largely from an avant-garde approach to clothing. But behind those radical – and often pretty extreme – garments, there’s a consistent narrative between the traditional and the contemporary. A vital component of that narrative? The kimono.

Its influence continues to run through fashion to this day, permeating collections by Gucci, Galliano, and Rick Owens to name just a few.

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