Eliana Tomaz

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.

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Astonishing exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery about avant-garde Japanese fashion from early 1980's to now. From space curation to the collections on display and videos on, everything was close to perfection.

"Japanese fashion design made an enormous impact on the international fashion scene in the late 20th century and designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto redefined the very basis of fashion through their radical formal language, intellectual approach and ingenious reinterpretation of tradition. Their works are 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, Matohu, Akira Naka and mintdesigns." - Barbican Art Gallery

Exhibition curated by fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute. I love the way he created a plinth for (almost) each costume on display. It recalls my final project at Central Saint Martins, which was about space curation.

Along with the plinths, walls of magic fabric recalling Japanese paper, defined the space giving a certain feeling of warmth and guidance.

This was indeed one of the best exhibitions I've ever seen.


The exhibition is co-organised by Barbican Art gallery and the Kyoto Costume Institute.

This video was on. "Notebooks on Cities and Clothes" by Wim Wenders with Yohji Yamamoto.