Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo)Three decades of innovation in Japanese fashion design from the 1980s to the present will be celebrated through Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion currently on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

Curated by leading fashion historian Akiko Fukai and drawn from the archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute, Future Beauty explores the effect Japanese fashion designers have had on their European contemporaries and their challenges to Western fashion conventions, from the 1980s through to today.

Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator, Asian Art, QAGOMA said the exhibition highlighted the impact of Japanese culture on world fashion and included the work of pioneering designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Australia’s own Akira Isogawa.

Future Beauty offers a unique opportunity for national audiences to see the work of true innovators in Japanese fashion through more than 100 garments, as well as fashion objects, films, photographs and catalogues.”

“The exhibition is divided into four themes examining unique Japanese styles and aesthetic principles, from the minimal and deconstructed elegance of the 1980s through to the vibrancy of Japanese youth subcultures today, as seen on the streets of the fabled Harajuku,” said Mr Nagesh.

From 21 November, the Gallery’s popular Up Late series returns on select Friday nights across summer, giving visitors the chance to view this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion after hours.

Future Beauty was first conceived for display at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, and has subsequently toured to Haus der Kunst, Munich; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Seattle Art Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in the United States; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto before its showing at GOMA in Brisbane. The Kyoto Costume Institute was established by Wacoal Corp in 1978.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is exclusively on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until the 15 February 2015. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/futurebeauty for details.

Image: Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer (1997). Collection: Kyoto Costume Institute – photo by Takashi Hatakeyama