MUFG is proud to announce its sponsorship of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, a major new exhibition to be displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) between 29 February – 21 June 2020.

MUFG is a global financial group headquartered in Tokyo. Its deep Japanese heritage dates back 360 years and proved a perfect link to the exhibition, which features a timeless symbol of Japan. Ahead of the landmark sporting event of the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, there has never been a better time to celebrate and support the unique link between Japanese culture and the UK.

Supporting the V&A also reflects MUFG's longstanding presence and commitment to clients in the UK, which goes back to the 1880s.

This will be Europe's first major exhibition on kimono, exhibiting the sartorial and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day. Around 300 kimono will be featured, with many iconic kimono worn by the likes of Björk, Freddie Mercury and Star Wars actors.

John Winter, CEO of MUFG Securities EMEA, said:

"As all eyes turn to Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are delighted to support one of the most important cultural landmarks in Britain which is showcasing Japan's unique culture."

Anna Jackson, Keeper of the V&A Asian Collection and Curator of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk said:

"From the sophisticated culture of 17th-century Kyoto to the creativity of the contemporary catwalk, the kimono is unique in its aesthetic importance and cultural impact giving it a fascinating place within the story of fashion.

"As a Japanese company, MUFG appreciates fully the significance of showcasing this iconic and beautiful garment here in the UK and we are delighted to have their support for our exhibition."

Image credit: Pale Blue Furisode with Red Uchikake. Photographer: Piczo, Styling: Mademoiselle Yulia, Hair & Make Up: Rie Shiraishi, Model: Miu, 2019 © Victoria & Albert Museum, London