Sunday, July 22, 2012


By Eva Fydrych

28 July - 8 October 2012

Photos courtesy of MOT Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan - The 'Future Beauty' exhibition focuses on Japanese fashion, its creativity and the cultural background of its powerful design. It will be shown from 28 July to 8 October 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

With the development of the Japanese economy during the latter half of the twentieth century, Japanese fashion entered the world stage, where it was recognized for its uniqueness. Starting with Kenzo Takada in 1970 and Issey Miyake, then followed in the eighties by Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, the activities of these designers were to enlarge the possibilities presented by fashion, throwing open the door of creativity to the world, in a field that had previously been confined to the framework of Western aesthetics. 

(L) Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1983; (R) Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo),
Autumn/Winter 1983; Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute

They continued to create a free, imaginative style, drawing the eyes of the world towards Japan as a 'cool place' that offered new interpretations of the meaning of clothing. What is the essence and strength of Japanese fashion and how will our relationship with clothes change? These are the issues that we would like to look at afresh in 2012.

This exhibition was originally held at the Barbican Art Gallery (London) in 2010, then the Haus der Kunst (Munich) in 2011, where it was extremely well received. In addition to the work shown overseas, the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo will also include a section entitled 'Virtuality and Reality', presenting the work of young fashion designers to provide a hint of the future direction of fashion. From the 'deconstruction and innovation' of the eighties, through the 'expressions of the nineties generation, who considered "attitude" a life concept', to the '"sympathetic" generation' of the first decade of the new century 'whose designs were based on daily "behavior"', such as eating, sleeping and talking with friends. By looking back over the last thirty years of change, we hope to catch a glimpse of the futurity of Japanese fashion.

Source: MOT Tokyo

mintdesigns, 2012, Archives Dress © mintdesigns 

Hatra/ Keisuke Nagami, Autumn/Winter 2011
Photographer: Maki Taguchi, Stylist: Sota Yamaguchi, 
Model: Shohei Yamashita

sacai /Chitose Abe, Spring/Summer 2012 © sacai

mikiosakabe/Mikio Sakabe, Shueh Jen-fang, Autumn/Winter 2011

at the Barbican Art Gallery in London (2010)

All photos courtesy of  Lyndon Douglas

All photos courtesy of  Lyndon Douglas

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