"I like history and I’ve always been interested in the handicrafts of different eras, and the costume and the technology that underlay the costume, from making thread to weaving to embellishing.
"Because clothing and decoration is so important, you can see the technology, the level of wealth in a community, the influence of political movements, the effects of war and famine and everything like that in clothing. By the time I was in late highschool, I realized that if you could look at the fashion of an era, you could pin down what was happening in that period.
"So it’s always been the hook that I hang knowing history on."
- Artist Kyra Matsui