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In the midst of gift returns, resolution-making, and gym-going, it's easy to lose sight of everything else leading into January—but don't forget to zip up toward Salem for the Peabody Essex Museum's "Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion" exhibit. Open for just about a month longer, visitors have only a few weekends to take in the presentation of Japanese fashion from the 1980s onward. The work of Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, and the still-innovating Rei Kawakubo are prominently highlighted in the exhibit, as well as contemporary pieces from the streets of Tokyo.
Explore the game-changing monotone, textured, and oddly voluminous looks from the aforementioned trio of designers that combated the conventions of early 1980s Western counterparts through January 26. Also on view are truly avant-garde pieces including honeycomb dresses folded into portable books, origami dresses from Miyake that fold into handkerchief size, and Kawakubo's "Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body" collection, full of bizarre padding to augment the human form.
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· Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion [Peabody Essex Museum]