Gallery view of the Shock Wave exhibition

See Fashion by Rei Kawakubo & Others Before Shock Wave Closes

On View through May 28, 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between kicked off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Met Gala on May 1. Didn’t have one of the coveted tickets? Never fear. In Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, at the Denver Art Museum you can see fashion by Rei Kawakubo (designer of Comme des Garçons) and other famed Japanese designers, including Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, and Junya Watanabe.

3 outfits by Comme des Garcons
Comme des Garçons, Jacket and Skirt, Autumn–Winter 1994–1995 collection. Felted wool. Denver Art Museum: Neusteter Textile Collection. Comme des Garçons, Jacket with Skirt, “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body” collection, Spring/Summer 1997. Nylon/polyurethane stretch gingham with padding. Denver Art Museum, Neusteter Textile Collection. Comme des Garçons, Coat, Autumn-Winter 1982-1983 collection. Hand-dyed wool. Denver Art Museum: Neusteter Textile Collection. 

This exhibition shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. It features about 70 looks by powerhouse designers whose impact on fashion clearly still resonates today.

Shock Wave is on view through May 28. It is included with general admission (free for members).

Top: Gallery view of Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s.

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. She recommends visitors don't miss the touchable Ganesha statue on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

Read more on: textile art fashion