Trip to the museum: Contemporary Japanese Fashion

by jennine on November 28, 2007

This weekend we went to see the Stylized Sculpture: Contemporary Japanese Fashion from the Kyoto Costume Institute at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Featured with photos by Hiroshi Sujimoto . Unfamiliar with the details of Japanese fashion, I really got to appreciate the work of Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons. Even more so looking at this exhibition, it shows that the nature of avant guarde fashion is truly timeless. There were some wonderful Kawakubo chunky knits, but I couldn’t get the images for them, so let’s look at the sculptural dresses:
Photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007. Dress by Junya Watanabe for Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer 1999. Cotton-polyester, metal rods. Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.Photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007. Dress by Junya Watanabe for Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer 1999. Cotton-polyester, metal rods. Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.
Photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007. Dress by Issey Miyake, Spring/Summer 1994. Pleated polyester. Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.Photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007. Dress by Issey Miyake, Spring/Summer 1994. Pleated polyester. Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Personally, I really wanted to steal this dress of the mannequin… you may not be able to see the layering, but there is a pleated skirt peaking out…
Photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007. Dress by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 1986. Polyester. Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

The exhibition runs until January 6, so if your in town stop by!

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{ 5 comments }

Rachel November 28, 2007 at 9:49 pm

Wow those dresses are elegantm, modern and surreal, beautiful :)

Fenke November 29, 2007 at 10:34 am

I have a book on this collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute and I would love to see some pieces in real life! Unfortunately my budget is not made for short trips across the globe:-(

jennine November 29, 2007 at 10:39 am

is it the taschen book? the two volume set?

i had no idea that the kyoto costume institute had such a great collection. at any rate… short trip s across the globe, i wish i had that budget too…
:)

Suzanna Mars November 29, 2007 at 11:31 am

I’ve always found the way CDG interpreted avant-garde to be unusual. As you illustrate, the fashions related to the world by asymmetry, and yet their fragrance line seems to comment on the symmetry of the environment.

Liv December 6, 2007 at 8:25 am

I just love Japanese designs and fashion, traditional as much as modern, ah all those beautiful Kimonos,…!

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