Lecture “Power of Japanese Fashion” by costume specialist from Kyoto, Mar 17

Power of fashion

Dress 1870s English, Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Richard Hawghton

Japan Foundation presents Power of Japanese Fashion Tradition and Innovation with Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute in Kyoto, Japan, on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30PM at Shumei Hall Community Room, 2430 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107, phone (626) 584-8841. Admission Free. RSVP required at culture@jflalc.org or fax: (213) 621-2590

Japanese design has had a growing influence on world styles since the last decades of the 20th century as avant-garde creations by such Japanese designers as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, those who changed existing concepts of clothing.

At the root of their designs, there is a desire to create clothing that coexists with our bodies; a powerful reflection of Japanese culture which places emphasis on the coexistence with nature.

Fukai will look into the essence of Japanese fashion with a focus on its relation to traditional aesthetic values of Japan.

Akiko Fukai is a Member of the Kyoto Costume Institute since 1979, Chief Curator since 1990 and Director since 1996. Fukai has supervised its collection and exhibitions, research, conservation and publications.

She has organized major costume exhibitions in Kyoto, Tokyo, Paris and New York, including “Japonisme in Fashion,” “Visions of the Body” and “Fashion in Colors,” “Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered.”

Her recent research focuses on the relationship between fashion and Japonisme which won her several awards including the Special Prize by the Society for the Study of Japonisme in 2000.

“Power of Japanese Fashion” lecture is co-organized by Shumei Arts Council.