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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015
Closed Christmas Day 
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)


'Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion' explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With over 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this will be a fascinating experience and rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand.

Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on world fashion in the late 20th century. Designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto revolutionised the way we think of fashion today.

Their works will be shown alongside examples by the techno-couturier Junya Watanabe, a protégé of Kawakubo, together with the pioneer of the 'Ura-Harajuku' movement Jun Takahashi, and the new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Hiroaki Ohya, Matohu, Akira Naka, Hatra and mintdesigns.

Curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the esteemed Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, this exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.

Please note: Photography is not permitted inside the exhibition space. 

You may also be interested in: Hiraki Sawa: O | Hanga: Modern Japanese prints | We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989 

Up Late

2014 | Friday 21, 28 November & 5 December | 5.30-10pm
2015 | 23, 30 January & 6, 13 February | 5.30-10pm
Tickets on sale 1 October

Up Late Friday night events return during 'Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion'. Experience GOMA in a different light and enjoy the unique opportunity to see the exhibition at night, enjoy live music performances and meet up with friends. Read more

Pop-up Shop

The 'Future Beauty' Pop-up Shop will feature a stunning range of fashion-themed publications and merchandise. Explore the innovation and creativity of Japanese fashion, design and street-style in this unique store, exclusive to GOMA during the exhibition.

Comme des Garçons Pocket at GOMA

Exclusive to GOMA during ‘Future Beauty’ the Comme des Garçons Pocket store is the Japanese label’s first Queensland retail space. The shop will stock the iconic Play line, as well as wallets and fragrances. 

Fashionista Lunch Package 

Delight your senses with a two-course 'Future Beauty' inspired lunch package at the hatted GOMA Restaurant, including a glass of Yarrabank Cuvee and exhibition entry. QAGOMA Executive Chef, Josue Lopez, has created a delicious dessert of caramelised chocolate with cherry textures taking its cue from Koji Tatsuno's remarkable designs featured in the exhibition. 
Available 12 noon - 3.00pm, Wed-Sun, starting 1 November 2014 (excl. Public holidays). 
Bookings: (07) 3842 9916 | $65 / Members $60

QAGOMA Members

Become a QAGOMA Member today for a Free ticket to 'Future Beauty' and year-round access to special Members-only events, benefits and discounts. Prices start from just $62. 


Media enquiries please contact
Kara Chiconi | A/Senior Media Officer
T: +61 (0)7 3840 7162 | M: 0478 310 906
E: media@qagoma.qld.gov.au

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Exhibition originally conceived by the Barbican Art Gallery, London and the Kyoto Costume Institute, established by Wacoal Corp. Organised by Kyoto Costume Institute in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.


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