Speakers & Collaborators


Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, Anna Jackson, Keeper, Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum


Mantle, Paul Poiret, Paris, 1913
© Victoria and Albert Museum

The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging. This talk, by Anna Jackson, will counter this conception, presenting the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion. It will explore the sartorial and social significance of the kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world and reveal how the garment has been subject to both local and global reinvention, earning it a unique and fascinating place within the history of fashion.

Anna Jackson is Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum and curator of the 2020 exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk.

Reconstructing Basic Blocks to Modern Kimono Styles, Dorelle McPherson, Tech Design Manager


Dorelle McPherson, FIT Design graduate, has 25 years of Technical Design Fashion experience working for companies such as Oxford, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, and Halston. Working for these companies gave her an opportunity to develop extensive skills in computer 2D and 3D Technical Design from concepts and thru production along with textile manipulation, illustration, and presentation. Being in love with marketing she continued her education and gained a B.S. in Marketing from FIT in 2011. Since 2015 she found a niche in 3D apparel design and decided to venture into software like Optitex, CLO3D, and Browzwear. “I fell in love with the concept and potential sustainable implication of this new technology”. Combining digital patternmaking and 3D design has allowed her to create amazing 3D images, patterns and stay closely in touch with the 3D community. Dorelle will be teaching a segment utilizing Browzwear to reconstruct basic blocks to modern Kimono styles, modifying existing base patterns into new and amazing Fashion pieces. “We will combine varied shapes influenced by authentic Kimono styles and use modern-day influences of construction and design. Patternmakers and designers will find excitement in bridging the gap between old and new and basic and fabulous”

Classic Kimono Patterns for Men's and Women's, Megumi Ohashi, President of Apparel Play Office


Megumi Ohashi is president of Apparel Play Office, which specializes in pattern making and 3D modeling.
She also provides technical guidance and promotion of 3D modeling to the apparel industry.
We have received classic kimono patterns for men's and women's from her. In February she will be releasing material along with videos explaining the basic structure of the classic kimono and how to simulate it in 3D.





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