Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

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Through January and February, the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art will be exhibiting the most popular  Japanese fashion progressing from the 1980s to the present. Brisbane will be the first Australian gallery to be given the honour of experiencing this great exhibition which will hold designs from some of the most influential Japanese designers, such as Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, crossed with designs from the newest contemporary designers of Japan.

Japanese culture has made massive progression and introduction into many Western areas, with fashion being no exception. The exhibition is used to show the development of fashion over the past 30 years, with focus on Japanese designer’s influence. The essential innovation of Japanese fashion designers from 1980 onwards have pushed the boundaries of what Western labels were able to create and by doing so reinvented the culture of fashion. It has been long overdue that we be given the opportunity to see and appreciate the much ignored side of fashion that comes outside of the Western realm.

GOMA will, for the next month, be the home of almost 100 gowns from the past 30 years, ranging from Kawakubo’s range of monochrome classics of the 1980s, to some of the latest collections of Japanese designers. Future Beauty will be a tour through time and culture for audience members, giving them a chance to understand and observe the way past trends and designs were formed and produced, whilst also experiencing the latest trends of today.

For more information on tickets and dates, go to http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/current/futurebeauty 

By Jessica Clausen