Fashion East/West

A three-part series exploring the impact of Japanese designers on the international fashion arena, past and present. Co-sponsored by Shiseido Co., Ltd. and the Fashion Group International, Inc.

Japan in Paris: Pioneers of Fashion Now & Then

Thursday, June 6 6:30 pm

Keiko Hirayama, Shiseido Fashion Director and former Editor-in-Chief of Hanatsubaki, Shiseido’s legendary avant-garde magazine best-known for its coverage of cutting-edge designers, artists and photographers from around the world, discusses the little-known origins of the Tokyo fashion world and highlights the work of pioneering Japanese designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo and their lasting influence and inspiration in the international fashion arena.

Tickets: $10, Japan Society & Fashion Group International (FGI) members & seniors $8, students $5.

Fusion Fashion: Hanae Mori Style

Thursday, June 13 6:30 pm

No one has bridged the cultural divide in fashion with more skill and subtlety than Hanae Mori, whose work continues to express an ongoing dialogue between Japanese tradition and French couture. Since first opening an haute couture showroom in Paris in 1977, she has actively pursued the interaction of East-West aesthetic values through her collections and costume design for operas and musicals. Mme. Mori discusses her pioneering work with Andrew Bolton, Associate Curator, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Followed by a reception and booksigning. Co-sponsored by Kodansha America, Inc.

Tickets: $10, Japan Society & Fashion Group International (FGI) members & seniors $8, students $5.

Tokyo Fashion Forward

Wednesday, June 19 6:30 pm

Hiroaki Ohya is considered one of the most exciting and influential young fashion designers in Japan today. Hailed as “pure genius” by Issey Miyake, his designs reflect a love for both Japanese pop culture and high technology. In this discussion he is joined by Kosuke Tsumura, the designer of the hot label Final Home, known for his interactive designs and survival wear for the urban nomad and equally praised as an innovative tour de force. Moderated by Anne Slowey, Fashion News Director, Elle magazine. Followed by a party featuring a multimedia fashion show and live music. Co-organized by Foundation World, Inc.

Tickets: $10, Japan Society & Fashion Group International (FGI) members & seniors $8, students $5.

Unless noted otherwise, all programs are held at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017 (between First and Second Avenues) Visit or call the Japan Society box office, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4:45 pm at (212) 752-3015.



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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