The Barbican Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue is hosting Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. A brand new fashion exhibition featuring the works of designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. The exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design and its impact on the world fashion scene from the 1980s to the present day. Curated by Akiko Fukai, renowned historian of Japanese fashion and Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, Future Beauty will display garments from the 1980s to today, making it the first ever European survey of avant-garde Japanese fashion.
The exhibition highlights the unique aesthetic ideals embedded in Japanese design, explored through common elements like a monochromatic palette, destructive treatments, and severe geometry. Doing away with the tight, ornamental silhouettes of Western couture, Japanese fashion often exemplifies the structure of iki with its stark yet fluid shapes, both sacred and worldly, modern and timeless.
The Future Beauty exhibition runs from October 15, 2010 through to February 6, 2011.
For bookings, tickets and further information visit www.barbican.org.uk