In the early 1980s, Japanese avant-garde designers took Paris by storm, disrupting the world of haute couture with their minimalist, deconstructed clothing. But this was not the first time that Japanese design principles had transformed international fashion. Instead, as Kimono Refashioned reveals, kimono -- its materials, forms, techniques and decorative motifs -- has inspired designers for more than 150 years.
This exhibition takes a thrilling look at how the Japanese kimono has influenced more than 150 years of international fashion and design. Featuring more than 35 garments from the Kyoto Costume Institute, including designs by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake, among others.