Collection by Aaron Britt

Future Beauty

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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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