Collection by Aaron Britt

Future Beauty


Because the September 2011 issue is dedicated to the influence of Japanese design (architecture, craft, and industrial design primarily), we'd be utterly remiss if we didn't give a nod to the tremendous influence of Japanese fashion. Last year the Barbican Art Gallery launched a show called Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, and though the show closed in February, the excellent catalog by Akiko Fukai, Barbara Vinken, Susanna Frankel, and Hirofumi Kurino, still offers a stunning glimpse at how designers like Rei Kawokubo, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and others have changed the face of high fashion. Have a look at the slideshow that follows and marvel at some of the most stunning design to come out of Japan.

The cover image for Future Beauty is actually a work of art by Cindy Sherman from 1994.
This image is of a red polyester cap by Hiroaki Ohya is from the Spring/Summer 2000 Wizard of Jeans collection.
Kawakubo's designs rarely hug the body, instead working with a play of light and shadows, volume and drape.
Here's the dress laid out.
This coat from Rei Kawakubo's 1983-1984 Autumn/Winter collection for Comme des Garcons is made of wool felt.
Here's that same coat laid flat.
Here's another design by Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons that is defined by a series of slots that once filled create a...
Here's the dress laid flat.
This dress is from Junya Watanabe's Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 collection for Comme des Garcons.
This black wool jersey dress by Junya Watanabe for the Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Junya Watanabe/Comme des Garcons...
Here's a synthetic leather skirt and top by Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons from the Spring/Summer 2009 line.
Junya Watanbe's Feather and Air collection for Junya Watanabe/Comme des Garcons in Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 plays with...
Transparency (common in fashion, but rarely so elegant) reigns here in this drewss by Yohji Yamamoto from his...

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