April 18-June 28
From designs on Rococo-era men’s gowns of 18th-century Europe to the elaborate decoration of French haute-couture dresses of the early 20th century, the eclectic uses and styles of embroidery from around the globe have been brought together at the Kobe Fashion Museum.
Decorative embroidery has a long history, going as far back as the fifth to third century B.C., but its origins stem from the very first stitching together of fabric to make clothing. Though there will be numerous works from all eras and countries, the museum throws the spotlight on Japanese embroidery, with pieces related to traditional festivals. Included are embroidered panels and costumes from the Kyoto Gion Matsuri and Nagasaki Kunchi.
Kobe Fashion Museum; 2-9-1 Koyocho-naka, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo. Island Center Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥500. Closed Wed. 078-858-0050; www.fashionmuseum.or.jp