Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Gallery of Modern Art explores the influences and development of Japanese style, pushing boundaries of structure and design.
Hosting over 100 pieces of artwork, the exhibition has been exhibited through multimedia elements and by incorporating a runway style platform.
Meanwhile, the Japanese styling draws incredible focus against the clean lines and minimalist design of the Gallery of Modern Art.
The exhibition hall has been broken up by thin paper drapes, reminiscent of traditional Japanese shōji (traditional sliding paper doors and walls). The exhibition designers have also utilised lighting tricks to create interesting shadows, paying homage the black and white designs of Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto’s radical 1980s collection.
The weaving, draping, layering and folding that is quintessential in Japanese fashion design remains the main focus of Future Beauty.
The garments are structured, reflecting origami and traditionally folded crafts. These sculptured silhouettes and the subsequent relationship between the body and the clothing have been accentuated and emphasised throughout the exhibition.
Highlights of the exhibition include Issey Miyake’s long-running Pleats Please collection, Rei Kamakubo’s Comme des Garçons structural coats and Koji Tatsuno’s net dress, which the gallery’s restaurant has emulated in the form of a decadent chocolate dessert.
The ‘Cool Japan’ display also presents modern Japanese cosplay, tribe, and Lolita fashion.
Designer focus points on Issey Miyake, mintdesigns, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Rei Kawakubo, Jan Takahashi bring a brilliant close to the exhibition.
Words by Hannah Abell
Details: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, QLD 4101 | 07 3840 7303 | 1 November to 15 February | Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm | Up Late 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: Regular exhibition $16.00 to $20.00 through QTIX. Up Late exhibition $25.00 through QTIX.
Feature: Tao Comme des Garçons (Tao Kurihara) / Autumn/Winter 2009–10 / Collection: Kyoto Costume Institute / Photograph: Taishi Hirokawa.
Yohji Yamamoto / Spring/Summer 1995 / Collection: Kyoto Costume Institute / Photograph: Takashi Hatakeyama.