August 23-December 27, 2013
The Art of Japanese Fashion is the first “fashion as art” exhibition to appear in the Community Gallery. In June 2013, the Toledo Museum of Art issued a challenge to clothing designers to unleash their creativity in a Japanese-inspired clothing design contest. Participants could enter in one of two ways: design an original Japanese-inspired garment or by proposing a design for a Japanese-inspired t-shirt.
Twenty one fashion pieces will be on display, including garments, T-shirts, head pieces and hair decorations. The youngest participant is age 12. There will also be some Japanese inspired artworks done by community members in the exhibition. The Art of Japanese Fashion will conclude on December 27, 2013 with a “runway” closing reception.
The Art of Japanese Fashion has a strong connection to another upcoming Museum exhibition, Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, on view in the Canaday Gallery from Oct. 4, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014. Containing 343 pristine Japanese color woodblock prints, all but five of which are owned by the Museum, Fresh Impressions explores the importance of the early 20th-century resurgence of woodblock printmaking in Japan.