Japan’s Fashion ‘Shock Wave’ – Wall Street Journal

Women’s fashion underwent profound changes in the decades after World War II, but by 1980, Parisian styles still often seemed to be all about high heels and red lipstick. Then a set of Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Kenzo Takada burst onto the scene, and everything changed.

A new exhibit opening Sept. 11 at the Denver Art Museum, “Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s,” showcases the ways these…

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