Fashion and Identity | Japan: East and West

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Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, Exhibition Road, SW7 2RL

Sat 13 Mar, 2021

Suitable for ages 16-18
Workshop includes free entry to the V&A Museum’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘ exhibition

This workshop explores Japanese fashion from both an Eastern and a Western perspective. We will visit the exhibition ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘ exhibition and use it as our starting point to explore the museum as a site of power, and the hierarchies embedded within the display of fashion. We will discuss key ideas relating to fashion and modernity, imperialism and orientalism, cultural appropriation and the Western gaze.

We will discover how fashion illustrations, flats and pattern pieces are used in the construction of garments and have a go at making our own contemporary responses.

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Oil on canvas © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Toya Walker, The McQueen, 2014 © Toya Walker, Londo