Japan Fashion Now

Valerie Steele with Patricia Mears, Yuniya Kawamura, and Hiroshi Narumi

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A visually stunningexploration of how contemporary Japanese fashion and visual culture are transforming the way we experience our world

Scholars have long acknowledged the significance of the Japanese “fashion revolution” of the 1980s, when avant-garde designers Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons introduced a radically new conception of fashion. But what has happened in the years since then?

Lavishly illustrated, Japan Fashion Nowwill be the first book to explore how Japanese fashion has evolved in recent years. During this time, Japanese pop culture has swept the world, as young people everywhere read manga, watch anime, and play video games. Japan has had a profound impact on global culture, often via new media.

With essays by Valerie Steele (“Is Japan Still the Future?”), Patricia Mears (“Fashion Revolution”), Hiroshi Narumi (“Japanese Street Style”), and Yuniya Kawamura (“Japanese Fashion Subcultures”), Japan Fashion Now explores how the world of fashion has been transformedbycontemporary Japanese visual culture.

Valerie Steele is chief curator and director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Patricia Mears is deputy director of The Museum at FIT. Yuniya Kawamura is associate professor of sociology at FIT. Hiroshi Narumi is associate professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York(09/17/10-01/08/11)

"Much more than a straightforward 'look book,' this work features four well-integrated academic essays. Together they provide insights into fashion subcultures and successfully argue that Japan remains a significant player in the world of cutting-edge fashion design."—C. Donaldson, CHOICE

“This is a detailed and densely informative book; its breadth is ambitious with an interesting combination of theoretical approaches.”—Zelina Garland, Costume

Short-listed for the 2011 Davenport Publications Award sponsored by the Costume Society of America
ISBN: 9780300167276
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Co-publisher: Published in association with The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
240 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
120 color illus.
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