Future Beauty: Exhibition of 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at Haus der Kunst in Munich


MUNICH.- With nearly 130 exhibits, including garments, films of fashion shows, collection catalogues and other documentary material, this exhibition provides an overview of Japanese avantgarde fashion from the early 1980s to the present. It is the first of such project in Europe. Since the 1980’s Japanese fashion designers have fundamentally redefined and influenced fashion worldwide. Visionaries like Rei Kawakubo (b. 1942) and Yohji Yamamoto (b. 1943) introduced a language of deconstruction to international fashion. They use imperfect and aged materials in their pieces, while fashion designer Issey Miyake (b. 1938) employs opulent materials that envelope the human figure and create voluminous spaces between fabric and body. Instead of the slender silhouettes of Western couture, there are flowing forms and a darker, monochrome colour palette. Japanese fashion designers vigorously transform