Material Translations delivers a contemplative overview of experimental Japanese fashion.
Material Translations delivers a contemplative overview of experimental Japanese fashion.
February 1

Fashion Frame of Mind

Edition 48 of Selvedge magazine features an absorbing overview of Material Translations: Japanese Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—a collaborative exhibition between the Department of Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) and SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center.  Writer Jessica Hemmings argues the presentation of garments in the AIC’s Ando Gallery “establishes a useful frame of mind to consider the Japanese fashion on display—works that for some may be quite familiar, but are always deserving of further attention.” The “contemplative space,” organized on a grid of 16-foot square columns, drives viewers through and around Ando’s pillars, “forcing us to reconsider the edges of ourselves and the interiors we occupy.”  Hemmings highlights “distorted silhouettes” and “unexpected material combinations” executed in Rei Kawakubo’s “sack dress,” Issey Miyake’s intricate “Pleats Please” collection, and Jun Takashi’s padded pants and jacket. Complementing the designs on display, faculty member Jan Tichy’s (MFA 2009) site-specific video projection Installation no. 16  “introduces yet another subtle request for contemplation by way of a bright white light that moves in various configurations across Ando’s grid of wood columns.” Material Translations runs through April 7.