Akira Isogawa’s name is synonymous with a wave of Australian designers who transformed the nation’s view of fashion. A new major exhibition celebrating 25 years of the designer’s career is on now and exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Akira Isogawa features a wide range of garments and outfits, mostly drawn from Isogawa’s extensive archive, a selection of which he has generously donated to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Known for his fusion of Asian tradition with characteristic Australian ease, Kyoto-born Isogawa is one of the nation’s best-loved and celebrated designers. This exhibition is the first to explore his career, revealing the background, impulses and cultural influences that have contributed to his international reputation. Launched in conjunction is a major publication, Akira Isogawa: Unfolding a Life in Fashion, with fashion writer Georgina Safe, which delves into the designer’s creative world and features more than 50 garments from Isogawa’s archive, as well as personal photographs, sketches, memorabilia and keepsakes, much of it from the designer’s own collection.
The exhibition runs until June 30, 2019.
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