- February 19 – 23, 2019
BEYOND EAST & WEST – Traditional Japanese Beauty, Magically Reborn
Yumi Katsura produces beautiful apparel that merges Japanese and Western styles, infusing romance into traditional Japanese craftsmanship for presentation at her Paris shows. KAORUKO uses flowers to communicate the beauty of Japan and build bridges between countries. Four jewelry designers create entirely hand-made costume jewelry that embodies Japanese aesthetics. Working through different media, fashion, flowers and jewelry, these artists are each inspired by traditional Japanese beauty.
Fashions inspired by the beauty of Japan – Haute couture designer Yumi Katsura
The fusion of East and West, in which traditional Japanese beauty merges with Western dresses, is a major theme with Yumi Katsura, who has presented her collections in Paris—the capital of fashion—since 2003. Her designs revive traditional Japanese arts, including Yuzen designs and Nishijin brocades, as new fashions.
Since 2012, she has given new life to the distinctive beauty of form and contrasts of vibrant colors of the Edo Period painters Ito Jakuchu, Suzuki Kiitsu, and Katsushika Hokusai. Their inspiration comes alive in the context of contemporary fashion through the designer’s masterful command of hand-painted Yuzen, Nishijin brocade, and embroidery techniques.
Eight looks from Yumi Katsura’s Paris collections are exhibited at this event.
Kayoko Saito: Kizuna – Tabane Noshi ni Negai wo Komete (“Bonds—Noshi bundled with wishes”)
Hiroko Kawashima: Kabuki Renjishi (“The Two Lions kabuki dance”)
Yoshiko Unai: Miyabi no Ai (“Courtly love”)
Junko Yatsurugi: Akogare no Kutani-yaki (“Inspiring Kutani Kinrande”)
Arrangements inspired by the beauty of Japan—flower artist KAORUKO
KAORUKO is a flower artist whose life work is to use flowers to build bridges between countries. Cultural exchange through flowers has involved her in projects in France, the UK, the U.S., Turkey, Thailand, and other parts of the world. Presenting shows around the world has given her a renewed appreciation of Japanese aesthetics.
Rather than adhere to traditional Japanese flower arrangement, her wamodan (modern Japanese) style merges East and West, including an element of Japanese spirituality. KAORUKO explores new vistas in flower fashion, incorporating kawaii and pop culture elements from Japan that have captured the imagination of young people worldwide.
Based on the concept of merging East and West, this event presents works possessing originality, but related to the spirit of simple, subdued refinement of wabi sabi, bonsai, and Cool Japan, which are well-known in France.
February 19 – 23, 2019
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
Yumi Katsura International
The Japan Foundation