Sayoko Yamaguchi Exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

By Chanyn Kirtman
May 29, 2015
Art & Culture, Fashion

Attention fashion followers and art buffs: a new and exciting exhibit is now on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and it's a must-see for anyone with an interest in the art of wearing clothes. "Sayoko Yamaguchi: The Weariest Clothed in the Future" celebrates one of Japan's most influential top models and creative geniuses, and runs through June 28.

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Sayoko launched into the fashion scene in the early 1970s and rapidly became Asia’s top fashion model. Unlike her contemporaries, Sayoko applied performing arts to her runway appearances and coined herself a “wearist” rather than a model. Expanding her art over many genres, Sayoko found her passion in the Japanese avant garde art scene.

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Her eccentric personality and style attracted attention across the globe and gained her popularity in Western pop culture. The exhibition walks you through her career path using archival images, Shiseido advertisements, and footage from her unique performances on the runway. Scrapbooks and inspiration boards of her early years as a costume designer are displayed alongside mannequins dressed in the designs.

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The latter part of the exhibition is an installation created by influential contemporary artists who worked with Sayoko in the past, such as Naohiro Ukawa, Fuyuki Yamakawa, and Yasumasa Morimura. The installation is accompanied by Sayoko’s narrations and video footage. Life-sized mannequins sporting her signature bob and experimental fashions are scattered throughout the exhibition, bringing to life her aesthetic and artistic creations.

The Deets

When: Now through June 28, 2015; open Tue–Sun, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5245-4111

More info: For more details about the exhibition, please click here.

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