Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Kimono in the Taisho and Showa Eras

    Kimono in the Taisho and Showa Eras

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2018-12-20 - 2019-02-16

    The Taisho and early-Showa eras of the early and mid-20th century were a time of modernization and Westernization with new affluent classes emerging. Advances in science resulted in technologies that allowed...More »

  • poster for Brooks Brothers: 200 Years of American Style, Two Centuries of Innovation

    Brooks Brothers: 200 Years of American Style, Two Centuries of Innovation

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2018-10-05 - 2018-11-30

    Presenting the button-down shirt and other fashion innovations from throughout the history of Brooks Brothers, an American brand founded in 1818.More »

  • poster for European Mode

    European Mode

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2018-03-10 - 2018-05-11

    From the Rococo fashion popularized in the palace courts of the 18th century to the industrial and societal revolutions of the 19th century to the fashion trends led by the youth and the masses at the...More »

  • poster for Clothing and the Cold

    Clothing and the Cold

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Workshops
    • 2017-12-19 - 2018-02-15

    Introducing folk clothing for cold-weather regions in Asia and Europe and their designs with hints for beating the chill in our own lives. [Event] Winter Corduroy Workshop Date: Feb. 3 (Sat) 13:15~15:00 Please...More »

  • poster for Sarasa Kimonos

    Sarasa Kimonos

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2017-10-03 - 2017-11-21

    Sarasa is a type of calico decoration for cloth (mainly cotton) using hand-drawn designs and patterns. It originated in India but has been practiced in Japan since the Edo period. This exhibition presents...More »

  • poster for Shibori – Tie-Dyed From the World

    Shibori – Tie-Dyed From the World

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    • Media: Product - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2017-06-09 - 2017-09-04

    Shibori (tie-dye) is a global art form with ancient roots. Presenting 130 examples of shibori textiles from 25 countries, this exhibition features silk and cotton kimonos from the late-Edo through Showa...More »

  • poster for European Mode

    European Mode

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2017-03-11 - 2017-05-16

    This exhibition will introduce the transition of women’s fashion originating in Europe over the last 250 years, set against a backdrop of social developments. It will begin with 18th century Rococo, where...More »

  • poster for Hemp Kimono, Silk Kimono

    Hemp Kimono, Silk Kimono

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2017-01-06 - 2017-02-20

    Japanese people have used hemp and silk as materials for making clothes since ancient times, as is known from items that have been excavated from Jomon and Yayoi period remains, as well as from descriptions...More »

  • poster for 150 years of Western Fashion in Japan―Tradition from the Kimono to Western Clothing

    150 years of Western Fashion in Japan―Tradition from the Kimono to Western Clothing

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2016-10-06 - 2016-11-30

    It has been 150 years since the people of Japan came to popularly dress in Western forms of fashion. When the black ships of Colonel Perry came into Yokohama port at the end of the Shogun era, the fleet...More »

  • poster for Embroidery  of the World

    Embroidery of the World

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2016-06-14 - 2016-09-08

    With the simple tools of needle and thread embroidery has been utilized as an expression since ancient times across the world, varying greatly from region, culture and class, ranging from the simplicity...More »

  • poster for European Mode Exhibition

    European Mode Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2016-03-08 - 2016-05-17

    From the elegant fashions of royalty during the 18th century Rococo era, to dresses produced during times of industrialization and social progress during the 19th century, to the diverse styles of the...More »

  • poster for Amulets

    Amulets

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    • Media: Fashion - Product - Crafts - Talks
    • 2015-12-17 - 2016-02-17

    Clothes do not just help us regulate body temperature, they have also been used to protect our wellbeing. Before the advance of science, people believed certain patterns, colors, and materials could ward...More »

  • poster for The Clothing and Times of Japanese People

    The Clothing and Times of Japanese People

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2015-09-25 - 2015-11-25

    Clothing is a reflection of a person’s identity and social status. Why do people dress the ways they do? What are they conveying with their outfits? Clothes are intricately linked with people, their lives,...More »

  • poster for Stories of War Told Through Clothing

    Stories of War Told Through Clothing

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2015-06-10 - 2015-08-31

    This marks 70 years since the end of WWII. Under the hardships of war, life clearly changes but one of these changes includes the clothes that you wear. This exhibition features clothing worn in the period...More »

  • poster for European Styles

    European Styles

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2015-03-07 - 2015-05-13

    Spotlighting European women’s fashion from the past 250 years, this exhibition presents clothing ranging from the elegant 18th century Rococco-era styles favored by the aristocracy through pieces from...More »

  • poster for Living Through the Ages - The Heritage and Development of Traditional Japanese Textiles

    Living Through the Ages - The Heritage and Development of Traditional Japanese Textiles

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2014-12-17 - 2015-02-14

    There are a numerous range of traditional techniques of dyeing and weaving textiles primarily for use in kimono and obi fabriics, many of these coming to fruition in the Edo era, mechanized during the...More »

  • poster for Elegant Court Culture - In Life and Detail

    Elegant Court Culture - In Life and Detail

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2014-10-10 - 2014-11-22

    From ancient times the Japanese people have had a keen appreciation for all that is miniature from Bonsai to Hina dolls. This exhibition features an array of Hina Dolls from the Meiji era, alongside the...More »

  • poster for World Beads

    World Beads

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2014-06-18 - 2014-09-13

    Beads are a familiar adornment to our contemporary clothes and accessories and have been used across the world since ancient times, but not always for the purpose of decoration, with cases of beads being...More »

  • poster for European Fashions

    European Fashions

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2014-02-07 - 2014-05-24

    Presenting some 200 years of European women’s fashion from the colorful dresses of the 18th century to the diverse styles of the 20th. Fashion was only accessible to a select group of women during the...More »

  • poster for “The Fashions of the Royal Court in the Meiji, Taisho and Early Showa Eras”

    “The Fashions of the Royal Court in the Meiji, Taisho and Early Showa Eras”

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2013-10-23 - 2013-12-21

    Between the Meiji to early Showa era the royal court centered around the emperor had a particular range of special clothes which its members were expected to wear. In order to establish a modern nation...More »

  • poster for “Soen & Soen Fashion Award”

    “Soen & Soen Fashion Award”

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    • Media: Fashion - Product
    • 2013-07-03 - 2013-09-28

    Established in 1936 “Soen” is Japan’s longest running fashion magazine, disseminating the latest fashion information throughout the country. In 1956 the magazine also established the “Soen Fashion Award”...More »

  • poster for European Mode 2013

    European Mode 2013

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2013-04-12 - 2013-06-08

    From the pomp of 18th century Rococo to the age of the mini skirt, this exhibition traces the developments in women's fashion over 200 years, introducing clothing from renowned aristocrats to Hollywood...More »

  • poster for Kimono Patterns

    Kimono Patterns

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2013-01-25 - 2013-03-14

    Looks at the wealth of diversity of kimono patterns.More »

  • poster for "Weaving and Dyeing" Exhibition

    "Weaving and Dyeing" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2012-10-17 - 2012-12-22

    This exhibition explores the diversity of weaving and dyeing techniques used in folk costumes around the world and Japanese kimono. Gallery talk: November 10th (Sat), December 1st (Sat) 13:30More »

  • poster for "African Textiles And Costumes" Exhibition

    "African Textiles And Costumes" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2012-07-06 - 2012-09-21

    On display are African textiles and costumes with their distinct patterns and sense of color, including Tunisian and Moroccan fabrics that blend Islamic and European influences, Nigerian indigo-dyed cloths,...More »

  • poster for "European Fashion: Prints and Designs in Dresses" Exhibition

    "European Fashion: Prints and Designs in Dresses" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2012-04-12 - 2012-06-02

    This exhibition showcases 200 years of European women's fashion from the 18th century Rococo era up until the 1970s.More »

  • poster for "The Evolution of The Paisley Pattern: Past and Present" Exhibition

    "The Evolution of The Paisley Pattern: Past and Present" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2012-01-27 - 2012-03-14

    Consisting of comma-shaped jewel, paisley patterns originated as floral motifs found in the Kashmir region of northern India. This exhibition traces the evolution in paisley patterns and their spread to...More »

  • poster for "Kasuri Fabrics from Around the World" Exhibition

    "Kasuri Fabrics from Around the World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2011-10-14 - 2011-12-17

    This exhibition showcases a variety of "kasuri" (splash) pattern dyed fabrics from over 20 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.More »

  • poster for "Ideas from Traditional Clothing on How to Cope with the Hot Season" Exhibition

    "Ideas from Traditional Clothing on How to Cope with the Hot Season" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2011-07-05 - 2011-09-24

    This exhibition is an attempt to find out how to deal with the hot weather in a environmentally friendly way by tapping ideas drawn from traditional Southeast Asian, African and Japan clothing. Gallery...More »

  • poster for Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition

    Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Fashion
    • 2011-04-27 - 2011-05-20

    This exhibition of apparel by Yves Saint Laurent is being held in conjunction with the theatrical release of a documentary on his life and work. Drawing on costumes and fashion publications from the collection...More »

  • poster for "European Mode - Wedding Dress" Exhibition

    "European Mode - Wedding Dress" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2011-04-13 - 2011-06-11

    Introduces the shifts in European female fashion from the wide skirts of the 18th century's rococo era through to the mini skirt of the 1970s. It also touches on the social causes and backgrounds that...More »

  • poster for "Andean Weaving and Dyeing" Exhibition

    "Andean Weaving and Dyeing" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Product
    • 2011-01-27 - 2011-03-14

    The Andes civilization, which flourished in the area between present-day Peru and northern Bolivia, is known for their rich culture of weaving and dyeing. This exhibition introduces viewers to the history...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Stencil Dyeing" Exhibition

    "Japanese Stencil Dyeing" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2010-10-15 - 2010-12-18

    On display are various garments made using Japanese stencil dyeing, a technique that has been used since ancient times to produce kimono, attire for the Imperial court and warrior class, as well as costumes...More »

  • poster for "Calico Prints from Around the World" Exhibition

    "Calico Prints from Around the World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2010-07-06 - 2010-09-25

    Calico print textiles that feature hand-drawn or stenciled patterns can be found in several countries around the world. This simple-looking but versatile fabric, however, is extremely delicate and can...More »

  • poster for "200 Years of European Fashion" Exhibition

    "200 Years of European Fashion" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2010-04-14 - 2010-06-12

    This exhibition traces 200 years of fashion history from the 18th century Rococo period through to the 1970s, introducing visitors to the political, economic, industrial, cultural and scientific contexts...More »

  • poster for "Palestinian Costumes" Exhibition

    "Palestinian Costumes" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2010-01-26 - 2010-03-14

    The Palestinian region was part of the home for the world's oldest civilization. With Jerusalem situated in it, it is a region that continues to present diverse problems related to religion and culture. This...More »

  • poster for "Kimono and Designs from the Mitsui Family" Exhibition

    "Kimono and Designs from the Mitsui Family" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Fashion
    • 2009-10-22 - 2009-12-19

    The Mitsui family was deeply involved in the production and distribution of kimono in the Edo era through the "Echigoya". The two names survive today in the form of the familiar "Mitsukoshi". The kimonos...More »

  • poster for "Red Clothing from Around the World" Exhibition

    "Red Clothing from Around the World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2009-07-07 - 2009-09-30

    The color of clothing is one of the crucial components together with form and decoration, and its interpretation varies across the world. Red was particularly significant in many cultures as a symbol of...More »

  • poster for "European Mode Masterpieces" Exhibition

    "European Mode Masterpieces" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2009-04-15 - 2009-06-13

    Fashion has changed dramatically in recent years, but it's not rare to find styles borrowed from the past. This exhibition traces changes took place from the 18th century Rococo style to the 1970s European...More »

  • poster for "Girls' Festival Dolls, Costumes and Ornaments" Exhibition

    "Girls' Festival Dolls, Costumes and Ornaments" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-01-30 - 2009-03-14

    Hina-matsuri, a doll festival held on Girls' Day, is a Japanese tradition that celebrates and offers wishes for girls' growth and happiness. "Joshi-no-harae", an ancient custom of transferring wickedness...More »

  • poster for "Indigo Blue - Costumes and Textiles from Around the World" Exhibition

    "Indigo Blue - Costumes and Textiles from Around the World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2008-10-10 - 2008-12-22

    Indigo is a natural plant dye used for centuries around the world. The types of plants used and the dyeing methods differ widely from region to region - examples include knotweed indigo, Okinawan indigo,...More »

  • poster for "Chinese Costume: From the End of the Qing Dynasty to Modern Times" Exhibition

    "Chinese Costume: From the End of the Qing Dynasty to Modern Times" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-07-04 - 2008-09-20

    This year marks the holding of the Olympics in Beijing and an occasion for relooking Chinese culture from different angles. The Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum has devoted much effort to building up a strong...More »

  • poster for "150th Anniversary of Franco-Japanese Relations French Mode: From the 18th Century to Present" Exhibition

    "150th Anniversary of Franco-Japanese Relations French Mode: From the 18th Century to Present" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2008-04-17 - 2008-06-14

    This exhibition is one of numerous events being held to commemorate 150 years of exchange between France and Japan. Garments, fashion plates and magazines from the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum collection...More »

  • poster for "A Night at the Opera" Exhibition

    "A Night at the Opera" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2008-01-25 - 2008-03-15

    Antwerp is the largest diamond centre in the world. In 1984, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC/formerly HRD) began the HRD Awards and over the years many creative and innovative diamond jewelry pieces...More »

  • poster for "Embroidery of the World" Exhibition

    "Embroidery of the World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Talks
    • 2007-10-17 - 2007-12-18

    Embroidery has been valued as an art form all over the world for many years. Aesthetic styles unique to different regions can be detected in the diverse patterns created using only a needle and thread....More »

  • poster for "Silk Stories - Creating Japanese Culture" Exhibition

    "Silk Stories - Creating Japanese Culture" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2007-07-03 - 2007-09-22

    Silk has a lustrous, supple texture that cannot be seen in other clothing materials. The Japanese, especially the upper class Japanese, have had a historic deep connection with silk as is evidenced in...More »

  • poster for "European Fashion 1760 - 1960" Exhibition

    "European Fashion 1760 - 1960" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2007-04-19 - 2007-06-13

    This exhibition will trace the 200 year history of European fashion between 1760 and 1960. Special attention will be focused on the magnificent court costumes of the 18th century Rococo Period that has...More »

  • poster for "Gift from Animals - Clothing material from animals" Exhibition

    "Gift from Animals - Clothing material from animals" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2007-01-17 - 2007-03-14

    Silk, wool, feathers, shells, tusks and leather are just a few of the materials from animals that we use for clothing. These materials have a unique color scheme and texture that cannot be recreated artificially....More »

  • poster for "Beauty in men's fashion all over the world" Exhibition

    "Beauty in men's fashion all over the world" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2006-10-18 - 2006-12-10

    This exhibition will explore the aesthetics of ethnic costumes in Asia and Africa, and European fashion from the mid 18th century to early 20th century through region, age, and social standing. Gallery...More »

  • poster for Summer Kimonos in the Edo and Showa Period

    Summer Kimonos in the Edo and Showa Period

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2006-06-29 - 2006-09-22

    80 summer kimonos from the late Edo to Showa period will be on display to introduce the ingenuity that went into choosing materials, patterns and shapes that made comfortable articles of clothing for the...More »

  • poster for Exotism through European Fashion

    Exotism through European Fashion

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2006-04-20 - 2006-06-10

    Japonism, Chinoiserie and Orientalism influenced European lifestyles from the 17th to 20th century. This exhibitions takes a look at how these aspects affected fashion and design. There will be a gallery...More »

  • poster for Shibori, Tie-dye of the World

    Shibori, Tie-dye of the World

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2005-06-29 - 2005-10-06

    Tie-dying is the simplest method of pattern dying, and it has been done all over the world in various ways. Starting from Japan, where tie-dye has made unprecendented developments, this exhibition will...More »

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