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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (Touring)

Start Date 15 October 2010
End Date 06 February 2011
Venue KCI at the Barbican Art Gallery
Location London, England
Curator Kate Bush, Barbican. Akiko Fukai, Kyoto Costume Institute
Exhibition display of mannequins dressed in red reaching up to red drapes
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

The first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present.

This exhibition explored the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.

Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late 20th century and designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto redefined the very basis of fashion. Their works were shown alongside Kawakubo’s protégé, the techno-couturier Junya Watanabe, together with the acclaimed Jun Takahashi, and the new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Fumito Ganryu, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mina Perhonen and Mintdesigns.

This exhibition was curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute and co-organised by Barbican Art Gallery and the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Exhibition supported by Wacoal Corp. Additional support provided by Shiseido Co. Ltd. Media partners: The Daily Telegraph and Dazed.

Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Jun Takahashi, Tao Kurihara, Matohu, mintdesigns, Kosuke Tsumura, minä perhonen, Kenzo Takada, Hiroki Ohya, ZUCCA, Naoki Takizawa (for Issey Miyake), Fumito Ganryu, Anrealage, Somarta, Né-Net, Sacai, Mikio Sakabe, Taro Horiuchi, Akira Naka

Images courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery and the Kyoto Costume Institute / copyright Lyndon Douglas