Three decades of innovation in Japanese fashion design from the 1980s to the present are being celebrated in Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, which opens at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Saturday 1 November, 2014.

Curated by leading fashion historian Akiko Fukai and drawn from the archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute, ‘Future Beauty’ explores the effect Japanese fashion designers have had on their European contemporaries and their challenges to Western fashion conventions, from the 1980s through to today.

Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator, Asian Art, QAGOMA said the exhibition highlighted the impact of Japanese culture on world fashion and included the work of pioneering designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Australia’s own Akira Isogawa.

“Future Beauty’ offers a unique opportunity for national audiences to see the work of true innovators in Japanese fashion through more than 100 garments, as well as fashion objects, films, photographs and catalogues.

‘The exhibition is divided into four themes examining unique Japanese styles and aesthetic principles, from the minimal and deconstructed elegance of the 1980s through to the vibrancy of Japanese youth subcultures today, as seen on the streets of the fabled Harajuku,’ Mr Nagesh said.

From 21 November, the Gallery’s popular Up Late series returns on select Friday nights across summer, giving visitors the chance to view this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion after hours.

On show at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane | 1 November 2014 to 15 February 2015

For tickets and more information | Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion