FUTURE BEAUTY: 30 YEARS OF JAPANESE FASHION

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
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FUTURE BEAUTY: 30 YEARS OF JAPANESE FASHION



Written by Gedvile Bunikyte
02 Tuesday 02nd November 2010

 

After more than a quarter of a century since names like Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto entered the international fashion arena, the Barbican is celebrating their contribution and innovation with Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. Having said that, the title is not in a slightest bit misleading. This still feels very much like the future. The designs, the ideas and the visions all encapsulate the past 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, perfectly capturing now and undoubtedly still projecting into the future.
 
 
The designs and their authors are strong, bold, uncompromising and unanimously united by their differences and individuality. Now with the whole new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Fumito Ganryu, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mina Perhonen and Mintdesigns leading the way there is a lot to be excited about the future of Japanese fashion.
 
As well as bringing to the forefront the old traditions, concepts and philosophy, such as Wabi Sabi, with the emphasis on beauty in imperfection, they manage simultaneously to give plenty of space for innovation, breaking the boundaries between categorisations, norms and people.
 
 
The exhibition is organised in conjunction with the Kyoto Costume Institute, which holds a huge and valuable archive and curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, but there is no grandeur or unnecessary hype about it. It manages to retain its modesty and composure leaving plenty of room and gaps to be filled in by the spectator.
 
The undeniable impact of these designers is evident not just in Japanese or even Western fashion, but in how we live, see and understand things today.
 
The exhibition is a must see and is on until 6 February 2011 at the Barbican Art Gallery. For more information see here.
 
 

 

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