Illustrated Presentation and Cocktails - Modern Japanese Aesthetics and Fashion: Runway to Street Style and More
Patricia Mears, Deputy Director
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, N.Y.
$25 MWPAI members; $35 general public
Enjoy Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres
6 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota will be open for viewing prior to and following the presentation.
Immerse yourself in an evening of Japanese fashion, from the historic to the runway to its influence on street style. This strikingly illustrated presentation follows the rich impact of Japanese culture on western fashion. Art moderne evening dresses and opera coats created in the United States during the interwar years illustrate how the popularity of Japonesque motifs and the construction of the kimono began to influence the cut and construction of haute couture. By the 1970s, Japanese designers were showing and selling their designs in the West and influencing the direction of fashion. The presentation concludes with a look at the dynamic and diverse Japanese street style of the last few decades.