I have always admired Japanese fashion. Their simple and minimal approach to tailoring. And yet on the other side of the scale the over-accessorised theatrical creations of the teenagers in the Harajuku district.
I must say that my recent visit to the Barbican's Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibition was an eye-opening insight. The colours, textures, fabrics and fantastical shapes were so dazzling. I was instantly drawn to the golden aura of Koji Tatsuno’s fantastically delicate puffball dress. I couldn't help but imagine what the makeup would look like for an outfit like this. Gold glitter and fat lashes.
I also absolutely loved Mintdesign's intricate gowns. Hula-style skirts out of shredded magazines and coats made from recycled newspapers. One thing is for sure: Barbican sure know how to put on a kick-ass fashion exhibition.
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at The Barbican Centre