Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design 1980s–90s

Recently I visited the Denver Art Museum, or part of it, because it was huge. What a fantastic experience! Everything is great, especially their native people’s collections that mix traditional and contemporary art pieces.

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They had several great shows on view, but the one I was most interested in was, “Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design 1980’s – 1990’s. I have to reiterate that until I began to make my own clothes I never paid much attention to fashion. My sculpture background means that I am most interested in how things are constructed and the shapes they create.

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Issey Miyake, 1980’s

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Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night

I have not done a lot of sewing. I take that back, I have not finished a lot of sewing lately. I have several things in process. I have been working on a pair of culottes for a month. I finished everything but the waistband in a week! The waistband has been re-attached 3 times! Hopefully there will be at least 2 or 3 things finished this month!

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The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis is fabulous and it is terrible that I have never frequented it as I should. I am not a big history buff, but they did just finish up an exhibit that really called to me; “The Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night.” An entire exhibition made with materials in only one color has the potential to be visually boring, but they really made good use of color throughout the exhibition to really make the dresses stand out. 1 2

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