“The Exhibition of the Collection of Sugino Costume Museum: The Spring Semester 2019” is a thematic exhibition that displays garments which fit different themes on each floor of the museum.
The first floor exhibits women’s clothes from the late 19th century through the early 20th century, including those made by Jean-Philippe Worth, son of Charles Frederick Worth, who was known as “the father of haute couture.” “Art nouveau,” one of the art movements that appeared from the late 19th century through the early 20th century, is famous for the wide use of organic, curved motifs. In the same vein, the field of fashion also saw the frequent use of the “S-shaped curve silhouette.” On exhibit are gorgeous art-nouveau dresses, opera cloak, corsage, in addition to some valuable collection books stored in Sugino Gakuen Costume Museum. The display shows the visual image of the fashion and the customs in those days.
The second floor focuses the jackets of the four luxurious brands--Chanel, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and Givenchy--from around 1950 through 2012. Various suits and jackets of haute couture and prêt-à-porter are exhibited, as well as the panels explaining the Sugino Fashion College faculty’s research using those garments. You may better understand the details of the dressmaking process in the luxurious brands 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.