Fashion in Japan What I WearWhat Wears Me

Throughout history, fashion has always toyed with the question, “Who – or what – am I?”. It can shake our notions of the body, transform our images of sexuality and can even become an expression of resistance. While styles come and go, the essential role of fashion within cultures endures, with each new generation taking up the leading role in shaping fresh currents in clothing. And as much as millennials and Generation Z innovate, they are aware as any of the preceding generations of how acts of consumption can also be acts of activism.

Against such a background, this library exhibition examines fashion’s particular evolution in Japan as a result of the interaction between domestic and foreign influences. It also presents a history of how Japanese people saw, were seen, and wanted to relate to others, through the lens of fashion.

Some of the books are available in Japanese language only, however, they are filled with a variety of striking images that can be understood universally. 

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About the Book Curator

Haba Yoshitaka

Haba Yoshitaka is a Book Director and representative of BACH, as well as an associate lecturer at Waseda University and Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. In order to create opportunities for people to have greater access to books and come across unknown books, Haba produces shop floors, library displays and reading areas that connect book stores and different industries.

His recent works include Wacoal Study Hall Kyoto (a venue that comprises a school, library, gallery and co-working space), ISETAN The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur and Japan House São Paulo. Haba is a book connoisseur, his love of books goes beyond book curation to include writing and editing.