QUESTIONING THE CONCEPT OF FASHION

NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

COSMIC WONDER“COSMIC WONDER RESTAURANT”2013
Photo by Takashi Homma

Art Tower Mito, Contemporary Art Gallery will present the exhibition “You reach out – right now – for something : Questioning the Concept of Fashion”.

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Nakako Hayashi, who was working as an editor of Japanese fashion/culture magazine “Hanatsubaki” published by Shiseido, has been enthusiastically committed in culture including fashion and art for many years. Her editing independent magazine here and there is admired all over the world. In her book titled Expanded Fashion (Space Shower Network, 2011), which received a great response, she introduces the work of artists who explore unique and contemporary approaches towards the concept of fashion. This exhibition, which is based on Hayashi’s book, invites artists besides the ones she introduces, and who are representative for new tendencies in the fashion scene since 2010. The show reveals fashion as a cultural crossroad, bringing together the various genres of art, fashion and literature.

At the venue new works by Takashi Homma, who executed fashion photography in a documentary style, are on display and a showcase by Kazunari Hattori Design gives insight into tendencies of independent publishing as Purple, here and there or Nieves. Works include the first film by novelist and director Miranda July, installations by Ryoko Aoki, Yurie Nagashima, Susan Cianciolo, COSMIC WONDER, BLESS / Takehito Koganezawa and Keisuke Kanda×Masashi Asada. Additionally a workshop held by FORM ON WORDS will offer participants an inspiring environment to make their own clothes.
Without showing draped mannequins and set apart from past fashion exhibitions, this show aims to trigger a rethinking the concept of “Fashion” and to explore alternative relationship between fashion and us.

You reach out – right now – for something : Questioning the Concept of Fashion
Date: February 2nd – May 18th, 2014
Opening hours: 9:30 – 18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)
Closed on Mondays
Admission: 800yen, 600yen for advance booking and group of more than 20 people
Place: Art Tower Mito, Contemporary Art Gallery
Address: 1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki-ken
Tel: 029-227-8111
http://arttowermito.or.jp

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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