Milligan Beaumont (Artist in residence) will be working on a special commission to be exhibited next year at the V&A and welcomes fellow embroiderers to take part in beading her newest epic kimono.
When graduate designer Milligan Beaumont (better known by her designer moniker, Milbo) showcased her Central St. Martins BA collection of kimono hoodies, she received rave reviews and wide-ranging industry support. The kimono collection went on tour with Christina Aguilera last year and she fell in love with them so much that she decided to buy them.
SVA is very pleased to be able to support Milligan through the use of the gallery space to make her next signature piece of work.
For more of Milbo’s world follow her here on Instagram.
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which opens at the V&A in February, aims to challenge the establishment tradition in which fashion from Paris and London has been considered art and accepted as a global rubric for taste, while garments from non-western countries have been regarded as exotic curios.
The exhibition will explore the 21st century revival of the kimono among young people in Japan who are rejecting the industrialised trend system of western fashion and returning to a timeless mode of dress.
Show exhibits will include a dress designed by Alexander McQueen for Björk, immortalised on the cover of her 1997 album Homogenic, and the iconic Star Wars Jedi costume which George Lucas, an admirer of the films of Akira Kurosawa, conceived as part Buddhist monk and part samurai. Milligan Beaumont, a young designer whose graduate collection of “kimono hoodies” was bought in it entirety and taken on a world stadium tour by Christina Aguilera, will also feature.