Made in Japan

Future Beauty is an exhibition that examines how Japanese fashion refined couture, challenged notions of beauty and turned fashion into art.

Japan’s contribution to contemporary fashion is often overlooked, yet it made an enormous impact on couture in the late 20th century.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, is an avant-garde survey of Japanese fashion from the early 1980s to now. The exhibition will run from 15 October 2010 to 6 February 2011.

The exhibition explores the work of prominent Japanese designers, including Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. Their work is presented in relation to Japanese art, culture and costume history.

Curated by Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai and designed by Sou Fujimoto, Future Beauty examines the sensibilities of Japanese design that makes it unique, and the way in which it’s manifested in clothing. The exhibition brings together more than 100 garments from the past three decades.