Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk 29 February – 21 June 2020.
The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk will counter this conception, by presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion. The exhibition will reveal the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world.

Blanc de Chine, a Continuous Conversation 5 September 2019 – 10 May 2020. Historic pieces from the V&A’s Asian and European ceramics collections, as well as a selection of new works by contemporary makers including: Babs Haenen, Lucille Lewin, Liang Wanying, Jeffry Mitchell, Su Xianzhong, and Peter Ting. Retelling the story of porcelain-making in Dehua.

Japanese Cloisonné Enamels: A Suggestion of Endless Patience
Japanese enamels selected from the gift of 89 objects donated in 2011 by Edwin Davies, CBE (1946 – 2018) and those subsequently acquired through The Edwin Davies Fund. One of the museum’s most generous benefactors, Eddie was captivated by the superb craftsmanship of Japanese enamels and encouraged the promotion of this refined art form.