by Emma Nolan
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An exhibition showcasing the work of Irish and Japanese designers side by side is coming to Ireland this summer.
Hi! Fashion, an exhibition exploring garments from Japan and Ireland, will open at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny on August 12.

Richard Malone

Curated by Gemma A Williams, this new exhibition will present womenswear and accessories that explore the visual correlations and contrasts between designers on the two islands.
Celebrating 60 years of sartorial history, Hi! Fashion will feature Japanese and Irish fashion side by side, creating a visual essay composed of juxtaposing garments. These tableaux will reveal unspoken dialogues, creating new conversations inspired by the contrasting, cyclical and disruptive nature of the design process.

Kenta Nishimura

The exhibition will showcase garments from across these decades, starting with Irish designer Sybil Connolly, who launched her couture line in 1957.
The work of other significant and internationally renowned Irish designers will include: John Rocha, recognised as one of Ireland’s leading designers; Lainey Keogh who changed the face of Irish knitwear; rising international star Richard Malone; and Úna Burke whose designs have been worn by Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Daphne Guinness.

Aideen Gaynor

Influential Japanese designers will include: Kansai Yamamoto, designer of David Bowie’s costumes during the 1970s; milliner Maiko Takeda, favoured by the singer Björk; and visionaries such as Issey Miyake together with innovative contemporary makers like Anrealage and Noritaka Tatehana.
Garments have been sourced globally from museum collections, designer archives and collectors as well as newly created pieces.

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