A Tokyo Culture Creation Project
Luxury in fashion Reconsidered: Special Exhibition
Venue : Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT),Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Organization : Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The Kyoto Costume Institute
Co-curator : Kazuyo Sejima Spatial Design for Comme des Garçons
Balenciaga, Beer, Chanel, Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, Courréges, Grés,Issey Miyake, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Madeleine Vionnet, Maison Martin Margiela, Paul Poiret, Pierre Cardin, Roy Lichtenstein, Schiaparelli, Thierry Mugler, Viktor & Rolf, Worth, Yves Saint Laurent
The world of fashion design is marked by strict impositions arising from the overwhelming predominance of economic factors, such as the principles of usefulness and functionality, but it is also a world in which, as a reaction to this, luxury can be approached in a spirit of 'excess and playfulness.' Today, all manner of styles and images from the past to the future are being symbolised and combined in a game-like fashion and then presented along with something akin to jamais vu. Also, thanks to the magic of digitalisation, differential differentiation is gaining traction, with newness emphasised through the slightest difference in material or in the positioning of buttons, for example.
Rei Kawakubo resists such developments with a passion.
(Excerpt from the catalog "Laxury as Resistance: Rei Kawakubo, Yuko Hasegawa)