Weekend Festivals

Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion

Opening Day Festival

Included with museum admission

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10am - 4pm

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion


Cut, Sew and Create | 10 am-4 pm | Create Space 1 and 2

Design your own T-shirt inspired by Future Beauty. We'll have materials and artists ready to help.



Designs by Zoe Shi | 10 am-4 pm | Atrium

Zoe Shi, an up-and-coming fashion designer and Rhode Island School of Design student, demonstrates the process of sculpting a garment from fabric.



1980s Arcade | 10 am-4 pm | Bartlett Gallery

As Japanese designers were changing the global fashion scene in the 1980s, Japanese video game designers were changing the face of global pop culture with video games. Stop by to play some old favorites like Pac-Man in PEM's pop-up arcade!



11am-1 pm | Future Beauty Gallery

Chat with a museum educator and get hands on with some of the fabrics on view.



Chiptune Artist | 11 am and 2:30 pm | Atrium

Chiptune, or 8-bit music, is synthesized electronic music produced by the sound chips of vintage computers, video game consoles and arcade machines. Artist and composer Glenn Dubois creates his signature sound.



Future Beauty Today | 1 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by November 14

Explore Future Beauty and the impact that Japanese designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake had on the fashion world. Panelists include PEM's Chief Curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, the leader of PEM's fashion initiative and curator of the only East Coast presentation of this exhibition. She is joined by Akiko Fukai, Director and Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute and creative vision behind the exhibition as it travels the world. Rounding out the discussion is Boston's own Alan Bilzerian, owner of the Newbury Street and Newton Centre boutiques bearing his name. Bilzerian was the first North American retailer to carry designs by Yamamoto, Kawakubo and Miyake and continues to lead the way for fashion through his impeccably curated collections. Made possible in part by the Lyceum Lecture Fund.


Tickets Available at the door.  First come, first served.




1-3 pm | meet at information desk
Tours leave every 15 minutes
Suggested for families with children ages 7 and up

Drop by for a fun, family-friendly tour of Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, led by our expert docents. Learn about some of their favorite garments and ask questions about some of yours.


Made possible by the Lowell Institute

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