High DesignJapanese Fashion Hits SeattleEmilia Petrarca06.27.13High DesignJapanese Fashion Hits SeattleA new exhibition in Seattle celebrates Japan’s masterful impact on fashion design.Emilia Petrarca06.27.13 4:15 PM ETJapanese Fashion Hits SeattleThis summer, the Seattle Art Museum will exhibit 80 gowns by shape-shifting Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, and Yohji Yamamoto, who represent Japan’s massive influence on fashion in the ’70s and ’80s. Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion represents a time when conceptual designers such as Rei Kawakubo and Yamamoto brought a breath of fresh air onto the Paris runways. Opening this week, it will remain on view until September 8. Takashi HatakeyamaJunya Watanabe, Comme des GarçonsSculptural dress from Fall 2000 required special textile development. Courtesy of Issey MiyakeIssey MiyakeA1970s intergalactic hooded wrap dress. Takashi HatakeyamaHanae MoriA 1960s floral-print belted dress. Takashi HatakeyamaJunya Watanabe, Comme des GarçonsSculptural dress for Comme des Garçons from Fall 2000. Taishi HirokawaHokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi, MintdesignsA babydoll dress made out of newspaper strips from Fall 2008. Takashi HatakeyamaKosuke Tsumura, Final HomePlastic raincoat stuffed with newspaper from a 1994 collection. Masayuki HayashiMatohuA Fall 2008 dress with fringed belt. Takashi HatakeyamaYohji YamamotoWrapped fabric dress from Spring 1998. Taishi HirokawaYohji YamamotoTattered dress with pants from Spring 1983. Takashi HatakeyamaYohji YamamotoTwo-toned structural gown from Fall 1996. Taishi HirokawaRei Kawakubo, Comme des GarçonsDraped black dress from Fall 1983. Takashi HatakeyamaRei Kawakubo, Comme des GarçonsAn embroidered dress with large tulle bustle from Fall 1995. Takashi HatakeyamaRei Kawakubo, Comme des GarçonsA geometric print dress with padded top from Spring 1997.