Wednesday, 20 October 2010
JAPANESE FASHION CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
A new exhibition in the Barbican Art Gallery is set to celebrate thirty years of Japanese fashion, using garments by the most innovative and famous Japanese designers.
“Future Beauty” will be the first exhibition in Europe to explore Japanese fashion, and will feature over 100 rare and previously unseen garments which have been lent by the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI), who are one of Japan’s leading repositories of costumes and fashion, housing over 11,000 items.
The exhibition will feature work from acclaimed designers, including Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto and explores their work in relation to Japanese art, culture and history and follows their journey into making fashion an art form.
As well as showing items from early designers, the exhibition will also showcase work from more contemporary designers including Tao Kurihara, Matohu and Mintdesign.
The gallery will be divided into four sections, In Praise of Shadows, Flatness, Tradition and Innovation and Cool Japan, and each one will celebrate different elements of the featured designers as well as showcasing their work.
As well as the garments themselves, Future Beauty will also feature footage of shows and documentaries to give you a fuller history of Japanese fashion.
In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be several additional ways to learn about Japanese fashion. This includes a wide range of talks, workshops and late night events with leading writers and historians. Amongst this, there will also be a series of films and theatre to enjoy. The films will focus on the work of Japanese directors as well as showcasing a series of special films including Japanimation and a Halloween Shlockfest Double Bill.
Kate Bush is Head of Art Galleries at the Barbican Centre said, “The great Japanese designers changed fashion forever in the 1980s. I am delighted that Barbican Art Gallery is the first gallery in Europe to chart this fascinating and influential period in design history, as well as the first gallery in Britain to present the Kyoto Costume Institute’s legendary collection.”
The exhibition is now open and will run until the 6th February. Tickets are available online from £8, or £10 on the door. For more information on the exhibition check out www.barbican.org.uk or call 0845 120 7550.
Posted by IDOL Magazine at 09:09