2013 / Lecture “Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion “at Japan Foundation, June 28


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Fashion historian Akiko Fukai (Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga)

Fashion historian and curator Akiko Fukai will examine Japanese fashion’s unique aesthetics and worldwide impact at the Japan Foundation Los Angeles’ lecture Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion on Friday, June 28, at 7:00 pm at Goethe-Institut Los Angeles located across the courtyard from the JFLA.

The JFLA is located at 5750 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free     RSVP: Required


In this lecture, to be moderated by Sharon Takeda, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fukai willtalk about her latest exhibition and the vast and enduring impact of Japanese fashion around the world.

Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto showed their collections in Paris for the first time more than thirty years ago, roiling up both criticism and praise for their radical departure from Western conventions of fashion design. 

Yet in fact, their styles continue to influence the fashion world with the idea that Japan’s fashion represents the future ahead of its time. 

Fukai’s lecture will delve into the soul of this uniquely Japanese aesthetic in fashion while outlining her latest exhibition Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, which the New York Times calls “a triumph.”

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