Japan Fashion Now in New York


New York’s famed fashion Museum, The Museum at FIT, will curate an exhibition on recent Japanese fashion this September: Japan Fashion Now

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Japan Fashion Now, curated by Valerie Steele, will take place at The Museum at FIT and explore how Japanese fashion has evolved in recent years. It appears to cover a wide spectrum of modern Japanese fashion. This is how the museum announces the exhibit:

Japanese fashion today embraces not only the cerebral, avant-garde looks associated with the first wave of Japanese design in the 1980s, but also a range of subcultural and youth-oriented styles, such as the Elegant Gothic Lolita style and the Cosplay phenomenon.

In addition, Japanese fashion often has a strong component of realism and an obsessive interest in perfecting classic styles.

Contemporary Japanese fashion is globally significant precisely because it mixes elements of realism, such as high-tech fabrics or creating a perfect pair of jeans, with both the avant-garde and pop cultural elements, especially those associated with electronic media, such as manga (animated cartoons) and video games.

The Museum at FIT is one of only a handful of museums in the world devoted to the art of fashion. The Museum was founded in 1967 to support the educational programs of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college that is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Japan Fashion Now will take place at The Museum at FIT from September 17, 2010 through January 8, 2011.

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Awesome!! I’ll be starting at FIT’s fashion design program right around the same time!! :D

But lol, manga =/= animated cartoons. xD

Apr 26, 2010 (4490 days ago)

@kagitsune: You’ll be studying at FIT. Cool! You noticed the mistake in the explanation of manga, too, eh. Kind of worrisome, don’t you think? But then again, they’ll be covering fashion, not manga, so maybe everything will be OK…

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 26, 2010 (4490 days ago)

haha I noticed the manga fault to, but I think the exhibition will be cool =D
wow kagitsune, you’re so lucky :D wish I could study there too :3

May 5, 2010 (4481 days ago)

I talked with Valerie Steele and her assistant last night, and mentioned the mistake in the manga explanation. They will fix it soon.

Kjeld Duits (author)
May 15, 2010 (4471 days ago)

@Kjeld: That’s good. :) Ms. Steele seems like she has a really open mind to unique fashion. Did you see the Gothic exhibit they did last year? (If you didn’t, you can see part of it online)

@Jini: I checked out your blog. Keep working towards that dream of fashion design!! I’ll do my best over her in NYC! ^ o ^/

May 16, 2010 (4470 days ago)

@kagitsune: I really enjoyed talking with her, and found she was quite well-informed. Found the Gothic exhibition. Beautiful stuff. WIsh I could have visited… Thanks for the tip!

Kjeld Duits (author)
May 16, 2010 (4470 days ago)

Good news, the show will be until april, it was a hit so it’s going to stay some more time :3

Dec 30, 2010 (4242 days ago)

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