The Empire of Folds

Fashion and Textile Art from Japan

30.08.2013 - 12.01.2014
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Museum Bellerive

Since the start of the 1980s Japanese labels such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto or Comme des Garçons have been regarded as important protagonists in the international fashion industry. Their creations clearly relate to East Asian traditions which they bring closer to us by means of a totally new design language. Unusual folds, layers and asymmetrically wrapped fabric take the place of the slender silhouettes of Parisian haute couture. In close collaboration with textile designers surprising fabrics and surfaces are created. The material itself inspires the way in which it is used and simple black is often employed to direct attention entirely to the textile form.

Textile art that intervenes in space and the works of Japanese poster designers from the collections of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich engage the pieces of clothing, most of which come from the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, in an exciting dialogue. The sensuous potential of the exhibits seduces us to explore the body, the shell that envelops it, and space.

With the generous support of