Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works in Kimono Fabric Design Competition


Kimonos with the patterns designed by winners of the contest

The exhibition showcases beautiful kimono textiles, developed by the winners and the Yuzen dyeing craftsmen in Japan.
All are very different from traditional kimonos, with new designs and new colors.
Please discover the sensational matches with new creativity and traditional promised quality, and get inspired!

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works in Kimono Fabric Design Competition
Title Movies (YouTube)
[The Exhibition in Cologne, Germany]
[The Exhibition in Paris, France]
[The Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan]

Exhibition Information

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works is scheduled as follows.
* There's a possibility that schedule may be modified.

1 Japan The Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 18th October 2017 (wed) until 19th October 2017 (thu)
Opening time: 9:00 - 17:00
Venue: Kyoto International Exhibition Hall (Miyako Messe), Hall 1
Address: 9-1, Okazaki Seisyoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: [Kyoto city Subway] Higashiyama [Google Maps]

2 France The Exhibition in Paris, France
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 23th November 2017 (thu) until 26th November 2017 (sun)
Opening time: 11:00 - 19:00
Venue: Maison du Japon Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris /Grand Salon (ground floor)
Address: 7c, Boulevard Jourdan, 75014, Paris
Access: [RER]B, Cité Universitaire [Google Maps]

3 Germany The Exhibition in Cologne, Germany /Main Venue
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 7th December 2017 (thu) until 16th December 2017 (sat)
Opening time: Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 17:00 / Sat.: 10:00 - 17:00
*Closed: 10th December 2017 (sun)
Venue: Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln (The Japan Foundation)
Address: Universitätsstraße 98, 50674 Cologne, GERMANY
Access: [Tram]Universitätsstraße [Google Maps]
4 Germany The Exhibition in Cologne, Germany /Sub-venue
Exhibition Information
Dates: From 7th December 2017 (thu) until 16th December 2017 (sat)
Opening time: 11:00 - 17:00
*Closed: 10th December 2017 (sun)
Address: Mainzer Str. 31 50678 Cologne, GERMANY
Access: [Tram]Ubierring or Chlodwigplatz [Google Maps]
*GALERIE SMEND is a sub-venue. There is no works related to this contest. The exhibition will only show the culture of Kimonos.

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Announcement of results

This time, in the Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017, the works below have received prizes.
Congratulations to the winners!

Prizes Prizewinners
Encouragement awards 1 Designed by Katie GILBERT
Encouragement awards 2 Designed by Eléonore BAILLET
Encouragement awards 3 Designed by Liliane BORODINE
Encouragement awards 4 Designed by Eva-Maria ADAMCZYK
Encouragement awards 5 Designed by Senem KULA
Encouragement awards 6 Designed by Emilie RAMBOZ
Encouragement awards 7 Designed by Laure FERRY
Encouragement awards 8 Designed by Fleur COLLIGNON
Encouragement awards 9 Designed by Lisa WALZOG
Encouragement awards 10 Designed by Sanvi
Encouragement awards 11 Designed by Jasmine VINCENT
Encouragement awards 12 Designed by Nicole Scotto d'Abusco
Encouragement awards 13 Designed by Arne AULLAS d'AVIGNON
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Overview of the Competition

Kimono Fabric Design Competition is an international design competition sponsored by Japan Textile Dyeing Joint Association to showcase new creative talents in the world.
The purpose of this competition is to engage with design enthusiasts and expand design capabilities and opportunities that kimono decorations can achieve.

This competition opens up to new ideas and creativity. Now the kimono is here for you to design !
This time, we would like to recruit new fabric design from young talent. From the pure white silk fabric, we would like to come up with astounding design of textile you would like to wear. The winner’s design will be displayed in the exhibition in Japan and Europe (Paris, Cologne). Aside from that, Japan expert craftsmen will use a finest quality of silk to turn your design into a wonder artwork. This is a rare opportunity, even in Japan.

The application procedure is simple. Please design your own kimono pattern(s) and tell us your stories as to how you came up with your great ideas. Drawings, illustrations and pictures are accepted. What’s more, the best craftsmen in Japan will dye the finest silk kimonos based on winners' designs, and the finished garments will be exhibited in Japan and Europe.

Get involved in creating a new kimono style ! And play a key role in bringing together Japanese traditional art and your creative innovation ! We are looking forward to your participation !

Have you ever heard of ‘Kimono’ ?

This elegant and beautiful Japanese traditional costume, was first worn by people 1300 years ago, has deeply rooted among the people’s heart. Yuzen is one of the most original kimono dyeing methods.
Presently, there are only few top craftsmen left with the skills to make Yuzen-style kimono.
The fabric used in Yuzen is the finest quality of silk made in Japan. There, top craftsmen who has long experience draw pattern on it, thus enabling them to make colorful and elegant kimono with fine patterns. Thanks for their patience and careful dyeing, we can enjoy many wonderful kimono masterpieces.

Works using the kimono fabric

In Japan, we produce new goods using kimono fabric and dyeing techniques.

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