Kobe Fashion Museum, Kōbe-shi, Japan

Kobe Fashion Museum (神戸ファッション美術館) is the first museum in Japan to specialise in fashion. The Library located on the 3rd floors houses various materials of high value related to fashion, all of which are open to the public as well as to those students, creators and business people engaged in the fashion field. The Orbis Hall on the 5th floor is the place where young people may get together for various events and entertainment in order to foster and promote a new culture of fashion in Kobe.

Kobe Fashion Museum (Kobe Fashion Laboratory) is Japan ‘s first art museum with fashion theme. It opened in 1997 in the Maritime City “Rokko Island” in Higashi Nada Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.

The appearance is a novel design that makes the UFO image. The interior is a large museum facility with 4 layers and a floor area of ​​17,000 m 2. We are doing a unique exhibition that catches fashion concerns from various perspectives. Also, for the purpose of fostering human resources in the fashion industry, we offer clothing courses in seven categories: “material”, “color”, “decoration”, “history”, “designer”, “society”, and “media”.

1F – Museum: (there are adjacent Kobe Yukari Museum) Venue such as permanent exhibition and special exhibition
3F – Library: art fashion, interior-related collection of books about 28,000 books and classic film such as video materials and in kind, such as swatches article
4F – Resource Center: Material Hall
5 F – Orbis Hall: event venue for fashion shows etc.

We introduce the theme of the basic exhibition guide and collection items.

Structure: We introduce costume structure roughly divided into five types, “waist cloth type”, “wound cloth type”, “licking type”, “front opening type”, “body shape type” through national costumes of the world region.

Material: We will exhibit the properties and texture of natural materials such as “silk” “hair” “cotton” “hemp” etc. and new materials developed every day using samples.

Color: We introduce various natural dyes produced from plants and animals, and textile products with synthetic dyes.

Restoration: We will exhibit costumes restored by the collaborative project with Osaka Shoin Women’s University. The reconstructed material accurately reproducing the original can be touched in practice, and you can check the structure, technique and so on.

Collection:
Clothing related books from the 19th century to the early 20th century
VOGUE, HARPER’S BAZAAR, back issues of LIFE, such as mode magazine
All 21 films of Strobe = Yuire movie film
Junko Ouchi Collection (about 46,000 slides from top designers since the 1970s)
Approximately 4,800 points such as environmental images and documentary images,
Approximately 2,400 fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo
Approximately 30,000 pieces of fabrics in France, Italy in the 19th century – early 20th century (copyright free)
Restored works by collaborative work with Osaka Shoin Women’s University Department of Clothing

Video material: With the collection of the Kobe Fashion Museum, western costumes of the 18th century and later, ethnic costumes in over 70 countries, photographs, etc., together with music, photos and other information on the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present can be easily seen It is content.

In the library located in the 3rd floor of the hotel, you can browse about 40,000 volumes of fashion-related collections in Japan and overseas, as well as the back numbers of fashion magazines since the beginning of the 20th century.

Besides French, American and Italian vogue and elle, style, magazine, interior magazines, etc. that understand latest fashion are substantial, and audiovisual materials such as DVD, video, LD, CD etc are also available.

In addition, you can see the actual material such as textiles useful for design activities by touching it.

Library located on the 3rd floor houses various materials of high value related to fashion, all of which are open to the public as well as to those students, creators and business people engaged in the fashion field. Orbis Hall on the 5th floor is the place where young people may get together for various events and entertainment in order to foster and promote a new culture of fashion in Kobe.