Thomas Demand

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Exhibition Outline

The 'Future Beauty' exhibition focuses on Japanese fashion, its creativity and the cultural background of its powerful design.

With the development of the Japanese economy during the latter half of the twentieth century, Japanese fashion entered the world stage, where it was recognized for its uniqueness. Starting with Kenzo Takada in 1970 and Issey Miyake, then followed in the eighties by Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, the activities of these designers were to enlarge the possibilities presented by fashion, throwing open the door of creativity to the world, in a field that had previously been confined to the framework of Western aesthetics.

They continued to create a free, imaginative style, drawing the eyes of the world towards Japan as a 'cool place' that offered new interpretations of the meaning of clothing. What is the essence and strength of Japanese fashion and how will our relationship with clothes change? These are the issues that we would like to look at afresh in 2012.

This exhibition was originally held at the Barbican Art Gallery (London) in 2010, then the Haus der Kunst (Munich) in 2011, where it was extremely well received. In addition to the work shown overseas, the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo will also include a section entitled 'Virtuality and Reality', presenting the work of young fashion designers to provide a hint of the future direction of fashion. From the 'deconstruction and innovation' of the eighties, through the 'expressions of the nineties generation, who considered "attitude" a life concept', to the '"sympathetic" generation' of the first decade of the new century 'whose designs were based on daily "behavior"', such as eating, sleeping and talking with friends. By looking back over the last thirty years of change, we hope to catch a glimpse of the futurity of Japanese fashion.

Designers
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AKIRA NAKA
ANREALAGE
ASEEDONCLÖ UD
Aski Kataski
beauty:beast
COMME des GARÇONS
Eatable of Many Orders
FINAL HOME
HANAE MORI
hatra
ISSEY MIYAKE
JUNYA WATANABE
keisuke kanda
KENZO
KOJI TATSUNO
mame
matohu
MIKIO SAKABE
minä perhonen
mintdesigns
Né-net
Noritaka Tatehana
OH! YA?
ohta
POTTO
sacai
SHINICHIRO ARAKAWA
S/STERE
SOMARTA
TARO HORIUCHI
tao COMME des GARÇONS
UNDERCOVER
writtenafterwards
Yohji Yamamoto
ZUCCA
Exhibition Information
Period:July 28 (Sat) - October 8 (Mon, holiday) 2012
Closed on:Mondays (except for Sep 17, Oct 1, 8), September 18
Hours:10:00-18:00 (Tickets available until 17:30)
Venue:Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Exhibition Gallery 3F
Organized by:Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
The Kyoto Costume Institute
Nikkei Inc.
Special Sponsor:Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by:SHISEIDO CO., LTD.
Supported by:TThe Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Nomura Foundation
Special Cooperation:Wacoal Corp.
In cooperated with:NEC Display Solutions, Ltd., Yoshichu Mannequin Co., Ltd.
Under the patronage of:Ministry of Economy
Trade and Industry
COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS, TOKYO.
Japan Apparel Fashion Industry Council
Japan Department Stores Association
Japan Fashion Week Organization
Fashion Editors' Club of Japan
Fashion Education Promotion Association of Japan
Japan Fashion Association
Institute for the Fashion Industries
NIHON BODY FASHION ASSOCIATION
Admission:Adult ¥1,000 (¥800) / University students & over 65yrs old ¥800 (¥640) /
High school & Junior high school student ¥500 (¥400) / Free for under Elementary school
*( ) price for a group, over 20 people
*Free entry to MOT collection for exhibition ticket holders
Catalogue:To be published in May 2012
Also Showing:TOKUSATSU-Special Effects Exhibition July 10(Tuseday) - October 8(Monday, holiday) 2012
MOT Collection May 19(Saturday) - October 8(Monday, holiday) 2012
Bloomberg Pavilion Project: Yuko Mohri - October, 2012 (Tentative) (Admission Free)


Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Autumn/Winter 1983
Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute,
Gift of Comme des Garçons Co., Ltd.,
Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1983
Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute,
Gift of Ms. Sumiyo Koyama, photo by Taishi Hirokawa
mintdesigns, 2012, Archives Dress
© mintdesigns
sacai /Chitose Abe, Spring/Summer 2012 © sacai
Kosuke Tsumura, FINAL HOME, 2012
minä perhonen, 2005, "forest parade"
© minä perhonen
Hatra/ Keisuke Nagami, Autumn/Winter 2011
photographer: Maki Taguchi, stylist: Sota Yamaguchi,
model: Shohei Yamashita
mikiosakabe/Mikio Sakabe, Shueh Jen-fang, Autumn/Winter 2011 © MIKIO SAKABE Co.,Ltd

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