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Last Chance to see – Future Beauty

Today I popped down to the Barbican to (finally) see the Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion exhibition.

I’ve been meaning to go for a while, as has Tilly who came with me this afternoon, and we’re both pleased we managed to see it before it closes next weekend.

I’m ashamed to say I don’t (or didn’t) actually know that much about the much feted Yohji Yamamoto or the Comme des Garcons designers Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe so this exhibition was a great introduction into their backgrounds and influence in the Western fashion world.  Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries at Barbican says:

“The great Japanese designers – Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto – changed fashion forever in the 1980s.  The tight silhouettes of Western couture were jettisoned for new fluid shapes.  Out went the magnificent ornament and extravagent techniques of the post-war tradition and in came a stark, monochrome palette and an entirely new decorative language – holes, rips, frays and tears – emerging from the stuff of fabric itself.”

We loved the extravagant perforated, draped and contoured designs.  (This bad boy above is actually my ideal vision of my wedding dress. Oh yes.)

Plus, the film on the ground floor by Wim Wenders gave an interesting insight into the workings of Yohji Yamamoto’s studio and catwalk successes.

Other designers on show included Jun Takahashi, Tao Kurihara, Matohu and Mintdesigns.

There’s a week left (until 6th Feb). Get yourself down there pronto.

Images courtesy of Lyndon Douglas.