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Japanese fashion heats up Queensland this summer

31 October 2014

Queensland has scored another arts coup with the opening of Future Beauty, an exclusive exhibition of 30 years of Japanese design opening at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) tomorrow (Saturday 1 November).

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the state’s track record as the place to see the best from around the world and Australia kept getting better with Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion set to be a big drawcard for GOMA over summer.

“This exhibition of archives from the Kyoto Costume Institute shows the Government’s continuing campaign to attract landmark cultural events to Queensland,” Mr Walker said.

“Following the recent success of Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, which attracted more than 220,000 visitors, we’re continuing to bring world-class cultural experiences to Queenslanders. Future Beauty is another such event in Queensland, further enhancing Brisbane’s reputation as an arts and cultural tourism magnet.”

Mr Walker said the exhibition explored the impact Japanese culture had on world fashion in the late 20th century and included the work of pioneering fashion designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Australia’s own Akira Isogawa.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Jann Stuckey said Future Beauty was an Australian exclusive at Brisbane’s GOMA, and would provide an excellent opportunity to drive visitation to Queensland.

Future Beauty is another fantastic tourism coup for the state, allowing visitors a rare opportunity to experience a classic, sophisticated and edgy collection of Japanese garments,” said Ms Stuckey.  

“This is another great international exhibition for Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), which last summer hosted California Design and Cai Guo-Qiang exhibitions, generating more than $16 million for Queensland’s economy. 

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, recognises cultural tourism as a major contributor to the Queensland economy and is proud to support Future Beauty as part of our commitment to grow annual overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.” 

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the exhibition, curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, was complemented by a public program, special events, discussions, talks and tours. 

“The Gallery’s popular Up Late series returns, giving visitors the chance to view this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion after hours.”

Future Beauty is possible thanks to the support of Tourism and Events Queensland as the exhibition’s Principal Partner and Audi Australia as Principal Sponsor. QAGOMA will also continue to work with Gadens, the exhibition's Supporting Sponsor.  

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is on at GOMA 1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015. Tickets are on sale now via