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The National Art Center, Tokyo Special Exhibition "Fashion in Japan 1945-2020: Fashion and Society"

Period: Jun 9, 2021 - Sep 6
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From Monpe to the sustainable near future,
Tracing the history of Postwar Japanese Fashion,
The world's first large-scale exhibition!

Since the 1970s, Japanese fashion designers have gained worldwide reputation. Until now, Japanese fashion has been talked about as if it was suddenly born with them, but that is not the case. In the Meiji period( 1868-1912) Japan became a modern nation and western-style dress was used, and after World War II, Western-style dress became common and developed a unique culture of dress.
In this exhibition, we will look at the unique clothing trajectory, especially in postwar Japan, from the designer side that creates clothes and ideas, and the consumer (receptive) side, which sometimes creates the movement of the times by wearing clothes, and also refers to the media that have become mainstream in each era, such as newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This is the world's first major exhibition that unravels cutting-edge trends in Japanese fashion based on clothes, which have never been introduced together before, along with social backgrounds.

Highlights of this exhibition
・ A special exhibition where you can see the history of Japanese fashion from pre-war to the present day.
・ It consists not only of clothes and styles proposed by designers who are trendy callers, but also from the perspective of both sides: trends of consumers who are the receiving party.
・ Introducing not only clothing but also fashion culture at the time, including various media such as photographs, videos, magazines, music, etc. at the time.
・Exhibiting icon works and materials from various periods with the cooperation of brands and apparel manufacturers, including two buildings, the Shimane Prefectural Ikishiri Museum of Art and the Kobe Fashion Museum, which have one of japan's leading clothing collections.

*Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing time
Admission1,700 yen (general), 1,200 yen (university student), 800 yen (high school student)

・ Admission is free for junior high school students and younger.
・ Admission is free for those who bring a disability handbook (including one accompanying person).
・In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, we have decided not to offer a free viewing day for high school students at this exhibition.
・ In order to alleviate congestion, we will introduce a pre-booking system (date and time designated ticket). For more information on tickets, please refer to the ticket information on the exhibition website.
・In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, we have decided not to sell group tickets at this exhibition.
・Students, faculty and staff from universities and other institutions that are members of the National Art Center, Art, Tokyo can view this exhibition for 1,000 yen for students and 1,500 yen for faculty and staff. Please purchase it at the ticket office of the National Art Center, Tokyo.


7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Room 1E
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