Taking its cue from the exhibition Kimono Refashioned, this program
considers how kimono and other aspects of Japanese culture have inspired global
fashion for over 150 years. In this lively discussion, panelists Miki Higasa,
Patricia Mears and Masafumi Monden consider the influence of Japanese art and
design on fashion, the impact of contemporary designers on the fashion industry
and the relationship between high fashion and popular culture. Moderated by Dr.
Karin Oen, associate curator of contemporary art.
About the presenters
Miki Higasa is the founder of Kaleidoscope Consulting, a
brand strategy, marketing and communications consultancy specializing in
fashion and design. Previously, she was an international press officer and
special projects director at Comme des Garçons in Tokyo and New York for 16
Patricia Mears has been a fashion curator for nearly 30
years, first at the Brooklyn Museum and then at The Museum at the Fashion
Institute of Technology, where she is currently deputy director. She has
organized more than 20 exhibitions and written numerous books, essays and
articles on an array of fashion-related topics.
Masafumi Monden is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University
of Technology Sydney, Australia. The author of “Japanese Fashion Cultures:
Dress and Gender in Contemporary Japan” (2015), he is currently working on a
book about cultural imaginations of Japanese girlhood and boyhood as well as
another on the cultural history of fashion and the body in Japan.