I’m sure many of you will have already enjoyed the wonders of Future beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion currently showing at the Barbican Arts Centre. If not, better be quick – cause here are a whole bunch of reasons why it’s worth your while.
The show is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present. Curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition explores 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 will be 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.
There are some brilliant examples of fabric print on display, which we will be exposing to our 14-16 years education group in the next week!
Exhibition runs from 15 October 2010 till 6 February 2011
Ticket costs: £8 online/£10 on the door. Concessionary £7 online/£8 on the door
Open daily 11am-8pm (Tuesday and Wednesday until 6pm), Thursday until 10pm
For more information on the show, how to get to the Barbican or to book your tickets online go here