Yayoi Kusama's Avant-Garde Fashion

27 February - 2 April 2007

Sofitel Melbourne

Curated by Lisa Warrener and Donald Williams, Global Art Projects

This exhibition comprised images of high profile Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her eclectic fashion and art from the late 60s to the present day. The exhibition was presented during L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and coinciding with a major outdoor installation of Kusama’s work at Birrarung Marr as part of the FINA Festival.

These images highlighted the amazing art and life of Yayoi Kusama. Known primarily for her obsessive use of the polka dot in her artworks and installations, many of her fashion designs reflect this desire to obliterate nature and bodies with polka dots in order to become part of the unity of our environment . “Our earth is only one polka dot amongst the million stars in the cosmos.”

In 1968 Kusama described her fashion designs as “enhancing your own personality and humanity in spite of our drab, machine-made, industrialized environment. My fashion designs have ‘the beauty of passing clouds in a clear blue sky, of the multicoloured foliage of Autumn trees’.

Her highly sought after fashions of the 1960s and 70s included ‘Peekaboo’, ‘See-Through’ and ‘Open’ pants, miniskirts and body stockings allowing parts of the wearer’s body and flesh to be exposed in order to “radiate life-giving energy”. Based in New York during this time, her fashions were often shown during ‘happenings’ and the images presented in this exhibition reflect the vibrancy and lack of inhibition of the period.

The more recent photographs show Kusama at one with her art, dressed in her own designs and lounging in and around her incredible artwork installations.

This exhibition and the installation of Kusama’s work for FINA Festival were presented by Global Art Projects.

Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery