Surrealism, which was the greatest art movement of the 20th century, exerted influence on every aspect of the age. Its impact was felt deep within consciousness, extending beyond the bounds of expression. In the world of fashion, brand new ideas that had absorbed the influence of Surrealism were realized thanks to the awareness of several outstanding creators who, anticipating the image of a new era, reflected the spirit of the age while producing innovative fashion that overlapped with the Surrealists ideals.
One of these designers was Elsa Schiaparelli, who had friends amongst the Surrealists. She proactively incorporated the sensibility of writers who had been deployed in creating Surrealist paintings and objects into the world of fashion. Schiaparelli created a lot of unique jewelry that bore resemblance to the paintings of Salvador Dali, from whom she drew inspiration.
Conversely, the Surrealists drew inspiration from items of clothing and accessories such as coats, dresses, hats, walking sticks and gloves, which provided the stimulus for numerous art works that included paintings, photographs and objects. The opportunities presented by the unique expressive power of Surrealism continue to influence today’s fashion world, with Surrealism inspired designs such as a hat in the shape of a shoe motif and garments bearing trompe l’oeil-like illustration.
This exhibition also focuses on a group of works that share Surrealist sensibilities. With what, to us today, seem bizarre notions as a theme, it presents wide-ranging displays, from historic fashion plates from the seventeenth century to contemporary art. With the influence of Surrealism on fashion as one perspective, it explores the expressive beauty that generated, through its free creative power and unique ideas, sensations in the fashion world.
A Crazy Love for Wearing
Saturday, 15 January - Sunday 10 April, 2022
Closed every Mondays (except March 21), and March 22
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
|Middle & high school students||General¥700||Advance/Group¥560|
|Senior (65 and over)||General¥700||Advance/Group¥560|
Photography in the galleries is permitted for only some works in this exhibition. Please follow these instructions:
・Do not monopolize the space in front of a work to take closeups or sequential photographs or otherwise interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the exhibition.
・Minimize the shutter sound.
・Do not use flash, reflectors, tripods or unipods, selfie sticks, or telephoto lenses.
・If a staff member informs you that photography is prohibited, for safety reasons, respect that request.
・Do not take videos.
・Photography is permitted for non-commercial, personal use only. To conduct commercial photography, you must submit an application in advance.
・When displaying your photographs, respect the right to privacy of other visitors who may be included in them.
・All actions that endanger the works or the buildings are prohibited.
Some exhibits may be replaced during the exhibition period.
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture,
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
NANASAI Co., Ltd.
Mugen Design Studio Co., Ltd.
With the co-sponsorship of
Top : Jan Fabre, Hals Pantser, 1996-2002, Private collection ©Jan Fabre - Hals Pantser - SABAM, Bruxelles ＆ JASPAR, Tokyo, 2021 B0568 / photo by Shugo Arts - Shigeo Muto
Bottom : Corset, c.1880, England, Kobe Fashion Museum
１．Elsa Schiaparelli, Evening Cape, 1938, The Kyoto Costume Institute photo by Taishi Hirokawa
２．Scottish Grouse Foot Brooch, Scotland WBS (Ward Brothers), 1953, Accessory Museum
３．Corset, c.1880, England, Kobe Fashion Museum
４．Martin Margiela, Necklace, 2006, The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by The Kyoto Costume Institute
５．Harry Gordon, Poster Dress, c.1968, The Kyoto Costume Institute photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
６．Martin Margiela, Dress, 2006, The Kyoto Costume Institute photo by The Kyoto Costume Institute
７．Noritaka Tatehana, Heel-less Shoes (Lady Pointe), 2014, private collection photo by GION
８．Masaya Kushino, LUNG-TSHUP-TA, 2009, artist’s collection