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Shock wave : Japanese fashion design, 1980s-90s

Florence Müller (Curator, Author), Christoph Heinrich, Jane Burke (Author), Denver Art Museum (Host institution)
"The exhibit shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. Works on view illustrate concepts such as the intersection of tradition and modernity; the influence of pop-culture motifs; molding the body versus hiding the body with oversized shapes; reinventing the traditional Western representation of femininity; collaborations between contemporary artists and fashion designers; and other diverse ways of challenging the fashion system. Emphasizing these elements, the exhibition demonstrates how Japanese designers confronted the work of European designers (such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Anne-Marie Beretta, Azzedine Alaïa, and Thierry Mugler) during the 1980s, while they inspired younger European designers (such as Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano, and Dries Van Noten) in the 1990s"-- Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2016
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 2016
Exhibition catalogs
70 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 30 cm
9780914738336, 091473833X
This publication accompanies the exhibition Shock Wave: Japanese fashion design, 1980s-90s at the Denver Art Museum, September 11, 2016-May 28, 2017
Includes texts by Florence Müller, foreword by Christoph Heinrich and biographies of the fashion designers by Jane Burke