Featuring a diverse range of fashions, this exhibition showcases more than 40 extraordinary garments created by more than 30 Japanese, European and American designers from the world-renowned collections of the Kyoto Costume Institute and the Newark Museum. Follow the fascinating storyline of Japanese inspiration, influence and active engagement with global fashion from the 1870s to present day. The exhibition will highlight not only spectacular couture gowns, innovative men’s wear, shoes with a sense of humor and ready-to-wear that tells a story, but also significant paintings, prints and textiles that reflect and resonate with these style trends.
The fashion faithful will delight in works from Issey Miyake, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Iris van Herpen, Yohji Yamamoto, Coco Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Hanae Mori, John Galliano, Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garçons Man, Tom Ford for Gucci, House of Worth, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Rudi Gernreich, Lacoste L!ve and many more. Paintings by William Merritt Chase and Jacques-Joseph James Tissot hang on the same walls as prints by Katsushika Hokusai, Suzuki Harunobu, Kikukawa Eizan, and Katsukawa Shuncho. Viewing these superb garments and fabrics with paintings and prints reveals how cutting edge styles also are a constant rediscovery—transforming history and incorporating new technological breakthroughs into the latest vogue.