Skip to main content

Your creative future starts here:


UAL partners with British Museum: Manga: Colour and Style - Fashion show

London Colleg of fashion manga british museum
London Colleg of fashion manga british museum

Written by
Anna Tsekouras
Published date
13 June 2019

UAL will take over the British Museum on 5 July for a Friday Late - celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design, to accompany its current blockbuster exhibition Manga.

Immersive and playful, the exhibition explores manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up.

In celebration of the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan – UAL students have collaborated with iconic, avant-garde Japanese fashion designer, Kansai Yamamoto to present a free manga-inspired show-stopping fashion show.

Audiences will be invited to catch one of three repeat shows in the centre of the Great Court throughout the night – and enjoy manga brought to the catwalk by students from Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion - personally selected by Kansai to work with him during the creation of their pieces.

With an illustrious career spanning nearly 50 years in fashion design and presentation, Kansai is the mastermind behind costume design for David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust Tour) and technical design in the form of the Skyliner train linking Narita airport to central Tokyo.

Responding to an open call out, UAL students were challenged to re-invent the highly intoxicating illustrative and graphic genre for the chance to work one-on-one with the world-renowned designer.

The result will be a mind-blowing fusion of colour and texture in the form of eight fashion creations, designed to excite the senses.

UAL Partners with British Museum Manga Colour and Style Fashion Show Image 4
UAL British Museum UAL Partners with British Museum Manga Colour and Style Fashion Show Image 4 Evgeniya Dolgopolova, Fashion Knit

UAL’s Chancellor, Grayson Perry will also take to the great court for an In-Conversation with Kansai to discuss the intersection between art, fashion and design.

In celebration of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20 - the Late event will also include free drop-in manga drawing workshops with award-winning manga artists; a cosplay 'COSParade' presented by HYPER JAPAN; live music performances by Ichikawa Hibiki and DJ Takaki; a sake tasting with Japan House London, plus a variety of Japanese food and drink throughout the night at a pop-up food stall in the Great Court.

Presentation by: London College of Fashion students: Ashely Lee, Womenswear; Elena Engstler, Menswear; Lei Jiang, Fashion Textiles: Print; Central Saint Martins students: Charlotte Dack and Emily Munt, Performance Design and Practice; Ciara Brown, Fine Art; Ciaran Griffiths, Fashion Design Womenswear; Eva Lee, Fashion Design with Marketing; and Evgeniya Dolgopolova, Fashion Knit.

Event details

The British Museum Late Manga: colour and style

Friday 5 July 2019
18.00–21.30 (last admission 20.30)
Great Court and galleries
Free, just drop-in

Grayson Perry and Kansai Yamamoto in conversation

Free, limited seating

ArtsSU x UAL x British Museum Manga fashion show

Free, limited seating
18.00–18.20 [Repeated 19.05–19.25, 20.40–21.000]
Last admission - 20.30

The Late celebrates the British Museum’s exhibition MANGA マンガ

23 May – 26 August 2019
£19.50, Members/under 16s free
2-for-1 tickets for students and 16–18s on Fridays