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Europe’s first comprehensive exhibition of avant-garde Japanese fashion will open this Friday at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. The exhibit explores the unique Japanese design sensibility and its defining characteristics in four sections – “In Praise of Shadows”, “Flatness”, “Tradition” and “Innovation and Cool Japan”. Curator Akiko Fukai, director of the Kyoto Costume Institute has assembled over 100 garments from influential visionaries like Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, and radical newcomers such as Tao Kurihara and Matohu.  Every Thursday night, the Gallery will host an array of events to accompany the exhibition. The exhibit is open until February 6, 2011.

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