london: future beauty - 30 years of japanese fashion

an absolute must-see for creatives and design enthusiasts as well as the style set. the barbican art gallery's future beauty - 30 years of japanese fashion is london’s second blockbuster avant-garde fashion exhibition of the year. opening on fri - oct 15, it follows in the tabi-clad footsteps of maison martin margiela '20'. it’s the first show in europe to comprehensively survey japanese fashion from the early eighties to the present. back in the early 1980’s ‘hiroshima chic’ landed with forward thinkers like rei kawakubo, yohji yamamoto and issey miyake positively startling and rattling the bones of paris couture with their alternative views on beauty. notions of fashion as art were truly justified with garments resembling wearable 'concepts' as opposed to the high-glamour aesthetics of the traditional runway. alongside the old radicals are a contemporary legion of new names on show including mintdesigns, tao kurihara and matohu. more than merely a chronological catalogue of designs, the exhibition is arranged into themes in relation to japanese art, pop culture, materials innovation, technique and costume history. curated by japanese fashion historian akiko fukai of the world famous kyoto costume institute, over 100 garments will certainly stir the creative spirit. location: silk street [city].
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