‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With nearly 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this will be a fascinating experience and rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand.
Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on world fashion in the late 20th century. Designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto revolutionised the way we think of fashion today.
They challenged conventional ideas of beauty. They explored the relationship between clothes and the body. And, they infused their designs with a sense of Japanese tradition that honours asymmetry, simplicity and subtlety. Because of them, fashion is art.
Their works will be shown alongside examples by the techno-couturier Junya Watanabe, a protégé of Kawakubo, together with the pioneer of the ‘Ura-Harajuku’ movement Jun Takahashi, and the new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Fumito Ganryu, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mina Perhonen and mintdesigns.
Curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the esteemed Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, this exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.
When: 1 Nov 2014 – 15 Feb 2015
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Top, left to right: Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 2007, Photography: Taishi Hirokawa / Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons (Junya Watanabe), Autumn/Winter 2004-05, Photography: Taishi Hirokawa / Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1983, Gift of Ms. Sumiyo Koyama, Photography: Taishi Hirokawa / Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 1997, Photography: Takashi Hatakeyama / Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
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