Freddie Mercury kimono goes on display

A kimono that Freddie Mercury wore at home is going on display for the very first time.

It is part of a private collection and it can be seen at the Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibit at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

Mercury started collecting Japanese art and antiques after Queen toured Japan back in 1975.

The museum says Mercury used to wear a kimono on stage in the mid-'70s, “challenging the norms of gender and sexuality.” The one on display is "more delicate in its design and overtly feminine, revealing that gender fluidity extended to his private life.”

Museum curator Anna Jackson says, “Freddie Mercury was one of the most talented and charismatic musicians and performers of the 20th century, and we are delighted to display a kimono that belonged to him in the exhibition. Mercury’s wearing of a kimono reveals how this iconic garment has the power to transcend national, cultural, sexual and gender identities.”

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