Happy Birthday Hello Kitty!
This week marks the 35th birthday of one of my favourite characters, Hello Kitty. Now doesn't she look good for 35?
Hello Kitty was designed for Sanrio by Ikuko Shimizu. She was first introduced to the Japanese public on a small vinyl purse in 1974 and to the US public a few years later in 1976. The start of what they describe as a, "global Hello Kitty phenomenon", and who could disagree? Over the last 35 years many fictional characters have come and gone, but Hello Kitty is still going strong - stronger in fact!
To celebrate, Sanrio have teamed up with Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop, JapanLa, to create a three week long exhibition, 'Three Apples Art Show' - "a multi-dimensional exhibition and celebration of all things Hello Kitty; the first ever event of its kind in the US!"
It incorporates an art exhibition showcasing one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty inspired pieces created by 80+ contemporary artists, a pop-up shop and unique product/design displays including a retrospective of products and collaborations from the last 35 years.
The event is currently running at the Royal, T café, shop and art space in Culver City, CA until 15 November.
For those of us that can't hop over to the West coast to see the exhibition, there are loads of 35th anniversary products available here.
Image copyright Sanrio.