The innovative and influential developments in Japanese fashion, from the early 198s to the present, will be celebrated in a major exhibition at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from November 1 to February 15.


The exhibition, entitled “Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion”  will be curated by fashion historian Akiko Fukai. On display will be 90 garments and accessories from the unparalleled collection of Kyoto Costume Institute of Japan.

Along with iconic garments by pioneering fashion figures such as Issey Miyake, ReiKawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, “Future Beauty” will showcase designs by mid-career innovators such as Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi. Alongside designs by Miyake and his contemporaries, an entire section of the exhibition will be dedicated to garments by to next generation designers including Tao Kurihara, Taro Horiuchi, Matohu, Akira Naka, Sacai Miko Sakabe, Anrealage, Somarta, Ne-net and mintdesigns.

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) director Chris Saines says, “Future Beauty follows on from the successes of previous QAGOMA fashion exhibitions including Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future in 2010, Hats An Anthropology by Stephen Jones in 2010 and Easton Pearson in 2009. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion, along with its associated program of special events, discussions, talks and tours. The ever popular Up Late program will return during Fashion Beauty with late night access to the exhibition, performances, bars and more on selected Friday nights.”

He added that tickets for “Fashion Beauty” are now on sale.

Words by Graeme Kelly