“The Exhibition of the Collection of Sugino Costume Museum 2018” is a thematic exhibition that displays garments which fit different themes on each floor of the museum.
The first floor exhibits luxurious garments and accessories for men. Habit à la française (formal suits worn by the upper class in the 18th century), and Gilet (vests) feature delicate embroidery along the buttons and the front hems symbolizing the luxurious court culture of the Rococo era. Also exhibited is the former court dress from Japan, formal “frock coats” for the day time and “swallow-tailed coats” for the evening time. This 1st floor exhibition visually shows the historical men’s clothing in the East and the West.
The second floor focuses on Christian Dior, who led Paris haute couture fashion after the Second World War. His suits, day dresses, and cocktail dresses in haute couture as well as prêt-à-porter are exhibited. Also presented on panels and mannequins are the research results of the faculty of Sugino Fashion College. You may better understand the details of the dressmaking process used by Christian Dior by looking at both the garments and the research.
The third floor, aiming at “visual fashion history,” exhibits late-19th-century female western clothes on paper mannequins, which were used upon the opening of the museum. Also exhibited are Japanese traditional Juni-Hitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial kimono), military officers’ clothes, and folk costumes of the Ainu.
I hope you will have a look at our distinctive exhibition.