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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion


Above: Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Autumn/Winter 2012, Photography: Masayuki Hayashi
Top, left to right: Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 2007, Photography: Taishi Hirokawa / Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons (Junya Watanabe), Autumn/Winter 2004-05, Photography: Taishi Hirokawa / Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1983, Gift of Ms. Sumiyo Koyama, Photography: Taishi Hirokawa / Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 1997, Photography: Takashi Hatakeyama / Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute

1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015
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 nearly 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, Fumito Ganryu, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mina Perhonen 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 the G20 Leaders Summit is on in Brisbane during November 2014. Check closer to the date for any scheduled changes to regular opening hours. 

You may also be interested in: Hiraki Sawa: O | Hanga: Modern Japanese prints 

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. 

Programs and Events

Enhance your visit to ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ with a range of exciting programs and events throughout the exhibition. More details announced soon. Highlights will include:

OPENING WEEKEND | Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 November 2014
Celebrate the opening weekend of ‘Future Beauty’ with special events, discussions, talks, tours and more with International and local guest speakers, designers and curators.

GOMA | Ticketed
Friday 21, 28 November & 5 December 2014
23, 30 January & 6, 13 February 2015

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 after-hours, enjoy live music performances and meet up with friends. More details announced soon.

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. 

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