From April 11 to May 24, 2009 at the National Museum of Modern Art,Kyoto(MoMAK) we could see an exhibition which considers the relationship between luxury and fashion in different societies and eras, from the 17th century to the present, explores new directions for the future and reappraises the meaning of luxury through history.
This exhibition, that uses the concept of ´luxury´ as the most sensitive indicator of the values and social trends, is divided into four seasons:
Gold, silver, sumptuous and glamorous dresses; in one word, hundreds of hours of labor and handiwork.
Louis Vuitton, A/W 2004
Charles Worth, 1900
Less is more
People avoid excessive glamour and demand comfort. This section shows Poiret's, Chanel’s and Balenciaga's dresses: simple and functional designs.
Balenciaga, A/W 1957
Paul Poiret, 1911
Clothes are free-spirited
In this section Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons: a garment that you has never seen before.
This section features Maison Martin Margiela, who represent contemporary concepts of luxury, such as "one-off," "recyclability," and "hand-made”.