Japanese fashion at the Barbican

Japanese fashion at the Barbican

For first time ever, a new exhibition at the Barbican centre will showcase Japan’s avant-garde approach to fashion.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion will display creations from well-known designers such as Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons and Issey Miyake, in a bid to explore the distinctive styles of Japanese clothing.

Over the past three decades, Japanese designers have transformed the fashion world, by replacing the extravagant techniques of the post-war era, for stark, monochrome styles, complete with frays and tears.

Curated with the help of Kyoto Costume Institute director, Akiko Fukai, the Barbican will be the first gallery in Britain to present this legendary collection of over 100 rarely-seen garments.

The exhibition will also feature new upcoming designers such as Comme des Garcons protegee Junya Watanabe and the acclaimed Jun Takahashi.

Future Beauty opens 15 October and runs till 6 February 2011. For more information www.barbican.org.uk

Anrealage (pictured) Autumn/Winter 2008 Black wool/polyester plain-weave dress; polystyrene beads decoration. Photograph by Mihoko Fujiawara

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