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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion


With the focus firmly on Brisbane this weekend for the G20 Leaders Summit, our world leaders will come together for a G20 reception, working dinner and cultural performance at the Gallery of Modern Art.

The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is an incredible building located in Brisbane’s cultural precinct, South Bank. GOMA opened in December 2006 to complement the Queensland Art Gallery building and focuses on art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

So what’s on at GOMA fit for the world’s most powerful leaders? Besides enjoying the soaring architecture and stunning views of Brisbane, the current exhibition is Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.  As with all exhibitions at Gallery of Modern Art, it has been beautifully curated, inviting guests to interact with the exhibition.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion explores the innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980’s to the present in all its whimsical and creative glory.  With over 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to the outrageous, it is a fascinating look at these unique creations first hand.

Japanese fashion has made an enormous impact on world fashion in the late 20th century. Influential designers on display include Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons.


Highlights include a stunning piece famously worn by Lady Gaga called ‘Protean’ from the ‘Skin Series’ 2007 made of black nylon/polyurethane seamless knit welded with crystals and designed by Tamae Hirokawa for the Somarta label. It appears with the most incredible matching shoes ‘Night Makers’ 2010 artisan collection black leather platform boots by Noritaka Tatehana. These photos don’t do it justice; you simply must see this creation in all its marvelousness!

Curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, who we had the pleasure of meeting during the launch event, the exhibition has toured the world and now resides in Brisbane until February 2015.

A great way to experience this exhibition is by attending one of the Up Late Friday night events. See the exhibition at night while enjoying live music. See the website for more information and tickets.

The ‘Future Beauty’ Pop-up Shop will be open during the exhibition featuring a stunning range of fashion-themed publications and merchandise. Plus, exclusive to GOMA during ‘Future Beauty’ the Comme des Garçons Pocket store is the Japanese labels first Queensland retail space will be on hand stocking the iconic Play lien as well as wallets and fragrances.

Make a day of ‘Future Beauty’ and indulge in a two-course 'Future Beauty' inspired lunch package at the hatted GOMA Restaurant, including a glass of Yarrabank Cuvee and exhibition entry. QAGOMA Executive Chef, Josue Lopez, has created a delicious dessert of caramelised chocolate with cherry textures taking its cue from Koji Tatsuno's remarkable designs featured in the exhibition. 
Available 12 noon - 3.00pm, Wed-Sun, starting 1 November 2014 (excluding Public holidays). 
Bookings: (07) 3842 9916 | $65 / Members $60

Brisbane is a city blessed with sunny days, friendly locals and a leisurely lifestyle that makes it a relaxed choice for a weekend getaway. We’ve created the ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary here, which includes a visit to GOMA.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this incredible exhibition and stay at one of Brisbane’s best boutique hotels. Book your Brisbane accommodation online at with no booking fees or credit card fees.

Image credit: alluxia, QAGOMA

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