Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered

Maison Martin Margiela (Martin Margiela): Vest, Spring/Summer 2006 ©Maison Martin Margiela, Photo by Marina Faust, Paris
Maison Martin Margiela (Martin Margiela)
Vest, Spring/Summer 2006
©Maison Martin Margiela
Photo by Marina Faust, Paris
     Luxury: Why has fashion always been attracted to and so closely associated with it?  Examining fashion from the standpoint of luxury, this exhibition considers the relaitonship between luxury and fashion in different socieites and eras, from the 17th century to the present, and explores new directions for the future.
     The growth of the industrial economy has brought a welath of material blessings into our lives, but has also confronted us with some challenging global issues.  Under these circumstances, people do not necessarily share the same view of luxury, which is one of the manifestations of this affluence.  Views range from the perception of luxury in terms of visually luxurious and lavish expressions to a take on luxury that is more individualistic, more of an intellectual pleasure.  For this exhibition, we use the concept of ‘luxury’ as a vantage point from which to take a new look at fashion—the most sensitive indicator of our values and social trends.
     Following Japonism in Fashion (1994), Visions of the Body (1999), and Fashion in Colors (2004), Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered is a cutting-edge fashion exhibition, addressing the theme of luxury from a variety of perspectives by presenting 17th-century to present-day fashion items carefully selected from the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI).


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April 1 (Wed.)–May 24 (Sun.), 2009
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
4F Collection Gallery
Artist talk (in Japanese only) & autograph session on April 12 (Sun.)

Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered: Lecture series
Lecture I: “Ikebana—A World of Eco-Luxury”
     April 18 (Sat.)  2:00PM–3:30PM
     Lecturer: IKENOBŌ Yuki (headmaster designate, Ikenobo)
     in Japanese only
Lecture II: “Fragrance and Luxury—Exploring the Culture of Fragrance”
     April 19 (Sun.)  2:00PM–3:30PM
     Lecturer: HATA Masataka (president, Shoyeido Incense Co.)
     in Japanese only
Lecture III: “Haute Couture ou le monde des artisans” (tentative title)
     April 25 (Sat.)  2:00PM–3:30PM
     Lecturer: Olivier Saillard (curator, Musée de la Mode et du Textile)
     in French with Japanese translation
     lecture on April 25 (Sat.) cancelled
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1F Lecture hall (maximum capacity 100), free admission
Reservation required (via KCI, TEL 075-321-9221)

Related links
Exhibition page on the KCI website

Exhibition dates
Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, May 24, 2009
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on May 4 (Mon./holiday)

Regular hours
     9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Evening hours (every Friday)
     9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)

List of brands/artists to be exhibited
Worth Christian Dior Issey Miyake
Paul Poiret Balenciaga Comme des Garçons
Beer Yves Saint Laurent Viktor & Rolf
Madeleine Vionnet Pierre Cardin Lanvin
Chanel Courrèges Louis Vuitton
Schiparelli Roy Lichtenstein Maison Martin Margiela
Grès Thierry Mugler  

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Kyoto Costume Institute

Agency for Cultural Affairs
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education
Kyoto City
Kyoto Municipal Board of Education
Kyoto City Museum Association
Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Special cooperation
Wacoal Holdings Corp.

Maison Martin Margiela/Kokonoe Corp., Ltd.
Sony Corporation
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Nanasai Co., Ltd.
Yoshichu Mannequin Co., Ltd.

Association for Corporate Support of the Arts

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1200 1000 900
University students 800 600 500
High school students 500 300 200
Junior high and younger Free Free Free

Advance tickets: Ticket Pia, FamilyMart (P code: 688-428), Lawson (L code:
59423), other major ticket vendors and convenience stores

Publicity materials
Advance flyer  PDF (1.00MB)


Flyer  PDF (1.01MB)


Other museums
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo  2009/10/31 (Sat.) – 2010/01/17 (Sun.)

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