Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

MUFG is proud to be a sponsor of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, a critically acclaimed exhibition from the UK's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

The V&A has launched a series of five films that take viewers on a personal, 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition. Captured as the museum was closing its doors to the public, curator Anna Jackson guides viewers through the exhibition spaces, providing a personal insight into the making of the show, star exhibits and the fascinating history of the iconic garment.

The first major exhibition devoted to kimono in Europe, the show had to close two weeks into its exhibition run due to the global pandemic. Positively received by critics and visitors alike, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk explores what is arguably the ultimate symbol of Japan. The kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging, but this exhibition counters this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion.

MUFG is a global financial group headquartered in Tokyo. Our deep Japanese heritage dates back 360 years and proved a perfect link to the exhibition. Supporting the V&A reflects MUFG's longstanding presence and commitment to our clients in the UK, which goes back to the 1880s.

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