Japanese society experienced a series of drastic changes around the turn of the 20th century. Clothing and fashion was a single area among many that was heavily impacted by exposure to Western ideas and trends, a phenomenon documented in this exhibition catalogue.
After World War II western styles became rapidly established as everyday wear. Since the 1970s, in particular, a unique fashion culture has blossomed in Japan, attracting worldwide attention for its singular development. Fashion in Japan captures the creative energy of Japanese fashion through these years to the present. From the perspectives of both designers and consumers, as well as the role played by the media, it encompasses not just clothing but also hairstyles, cosmetics and physical aesthetics.
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