<p>In 1990s Tokyo, a style combining the kawaii (excruciatingly cute) of Hello Kitty culture and British new wave emerged in the streets, finding a particular home around the Harajuku train station. American pop star Gwen Stefani brought the fashion trend into the global mainstream when she introduced her Harajuku Girls backup singers and her LAMB design line. Twenty years on, the Honolulu Museum of Art looks at the current trends and far-reaching influence of <i>Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion, </i>presented by Hawaiian Airlines.<i><br /></i></p> <p>After two years of planning and research, textiles curator Sara Oka has organized a playful look at a whimsical world that has had a serious effect on fashion&mdash;influencing designers, merchandisers, and other industry leaders around the globe. <i>Hawaiian Airlines Presents Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion</i> is a snapshot Harajuku&rsquo;s alternative modes of dress, lifestyles and blends of cultures&mdash;resulting in a transitional world of fashion colliding with fantasy that continues to evolve.</p> <p>Harajuku was a place for public gatherings, where teenagers congregated to meet with friends who dressed in the latest crazes. A wide range of subcultures, some with clear distinctions has since fragmented into smaller groups. Neighboring districts of Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro were also recognized as hot spots for specific genres. Select shops and small boutiques grew out of this hybrid of combining original handmade items and altered ready-made brands.</p> <p>Oka has rounded up Harajuku&rsquo;s distinct looks&mdash;Lolita, Mori Girl, Kawaii, Decora, and Fairy Kei&mdash;and presents them as complete outfits on mannequins, staged and accessorized by genre&mdash;and enhanced by street photos by museum staff photographer Shuzo Uemoto and videos of Visual Kei bands.</p> <h3><strong>The looks:</strong></h3> <p><strong>Lolita:</strong> The princess-like Lolita look channels a Victorian doll&mdash;with ruffled dress, a bonnet, ribbons, and flat shoes accessorized with a feminine handbag. A small umbrella is often hidden under a blonde wig. Highly influenced by such British cultural touchstones such as Alice in Wonderland, Lolita followers spawned the establishment of brands like Jane Marple, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, and Angelic Pretty that are mainstays of this fashion genre. Darker variations include Gothic Lolita and Steampunk Lolita, which will also be included.</p> <p><strong>Mori Girl:</strong> &ldquo;Mori&rdquo; means forest, and this genre has its followers looking like they live in a sun-dappled glen with Bambi. They wear a natural, woodsy assortment of vintage earthy colors and layers, often integrating elements of crochet, knit and lace. Dolly Kei, an offshoot of the Mori Girl mode, incorporates the flavor of Eastern European folk costumes in jewel tones. Mori Girls rifle through vintage boutiques, second-hand stores, thrift shops and flea markets on the hunt for elements to create the battered, worn, yet elegant look.</p> <p><strong>Kawaii, Decora and Fairy Kei:</strong> These are another major aspect of Japanese culture encompassing entertainment, food, fashion, and toys that affected personal appearances and behavior. Kawaii means &ldquo;cute&rdquo; or &ldquo;pretty,&rdquo; while Decora, short for &ldquo;decoration&rdquo; is dominated by the use of pastels or bright colors in an array of hair clips and bows, in an excessive application of layering accessories including furry toys and plastic jewelry. Unicorns and rainbows are cherished motifs and, not surprising is the inclusion of trademarked American products such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony.</p> <p>The streets of Tokyo, where millions of people intersect every day, provide a background for this intensified face-paced and ever-evolving progression of fashions and trends. By incorporating inspiration from other cultures remixed with those in Japan the resulting assemblages provide a multitude of derivations. The power of youth and members of a subculture of common values, attitudes and norms is credit to an innovative lifestyle of radical, outrageous and sometimes subversive attitudes. While some remain marginal, global awareness has increasingly multiplied, significantly altering the growing impact on designers, merchandisers, and other industry leaders by expanding their significance to Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, showcased here in Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion.</p> <p>Read curator <a href="http://blog.honoluluacademy.org/sara-oka-went-to-japan-and-brought-harajuku-back-with-her/" target="_blank">Sara Oka's notes</a> on putting the exhibition together.</p> <h3><strong>Programs</strong></h3> <p><strong>Stylized models in the gallery</strong><br /><strong>Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 10am-2pm</strong><br />See models wearing Harajuku fashions.<br /><br />Schedule exceptions: Dec. 5, 10am-noon; Dec. 15, no model.</p> <p><strong><a href="../../events/15454-appearance_tokyo_street_fashion_star_minori" target="_blank">Appearance by Tokyo street fashion star Minori</a><br />Nov 19, 10am-noon, in the exhibition</strong><br />Minori practices the art of&nbsp;<i>shironuri,</i>&nbsp;which means "painted in white," a traditional style of makeup used by geishas and Kabuki actors. She is a key figure in Tokyo&rsquo;s street fashion scene (she has appeared in <i>Vogue</i> and is regularly covered by the blog tokyofashion.com) and will be featured in the upcoming exhibition <i>Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion,</i> opening Nov. 19. Visitors can meet Minori, dressed in her full street regalia, in the gallery.</p> <p>Growing up in the country, Minori was struck by the beauty in nature, taking inspiration from the patterns on leaves, shapes of flowers, and grooves in the bark that has become her signature style in revolutionizing her application of&nbsp;<i>shironuri</i>.&nbsp;She creates her own fashion and coordinates her makeup which has become more than just a style, but has since evolved into a way of life.</p> <p><strong>Tokyo Bopper meet and greet</strong>&nbsp;<br /><strong>Nov 19, 2-3pm</strong><br />Stop by the gallery to meet staff from <a href="http://www.tokyobopper.info/" target="_blank">Tokyo Bopper</a>, one of Harajuku's hottest fashion shops.</p> <p><strong>Shironuri Demonstration by Minori<br />Nov 20, 6-8pm, Honolulu Museum of Art School, FREE</strong><br />At this free event, Minori will demonstrate how to apply shironuri on a model.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://honolulumuseum.org/events/15535-harajuku_tokyo_street_fashion_visiting_artist_misako_aoki" target="_blank">Appearance by model Misako Aoki</a><br /><strong>Jan 28, 10 am-noon, in the exhibition, free with museum entry<br />Jan 29, 6-9pm, at <a href="http://honolulumuseum.org/events/art_after_dark/15514-kawaii_hawaii" target="_blank">ARTafterDARK: Kawaii Hawai&lsquo;i</a><br /></strong></strong>Misako&nbsp;Aoki is a model and president of the Japan Lolita Association. She is also a part-time nurse by trade but works her schedule to be part-time Lolita as well.&nbsp; She was at one time sponsored by the government as the Kawaii Ambassador but has since branched out on her own.&nbsp; She travels the world making appearances at tea parties and other Lolita sponsored events.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>ARTafterDARK: <a href="http://honolulumuseum.org/events/art_after_dark/15514-kawaii_hawaii" target="_blank">Kawaii Hawai&lsquo;i</a><br />Jan 29, 6-9pm, $25, free for museum members</strong><br />Misako Aoki will be featured in the exhibition gallery for picture-taking with guests.</p> <p><strong>Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: <a href="http://honolulumuseum.org/events/bank_of_hawaii_sunday/15566-mori_and_steam" target="_blank">Mori and Steam</a></strong><br />Free fun for the whole family! Explore the&nbsp;exhibition and be inspired to create some of your own fashion accessories.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Lecture: <a href="http://www.honolulumuseum.org/events/lectures_performances/15457-eternal_maidens_and_power_cute_fashion_conversations_japanese_lolitas_nguyen" target="_blank">Eternal Maidens and the Power of Cute Fashion: From Conversations with Japanese Lolitas | An Nguyen</a> </strong><strong><br />Feb 25, 2016, &nbsp;5-6 p.m.,&nbsp;</strong><strong>Doris Duke Theater, FREE</strong><br />Visiting scholar An Nguyen's talk focuses on the people who wear Lolita, with stories and profiles that shed light on why they choose to wear this fashion style through an exploration of philosophy, aesthetics, and social networks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Presenting sponsor</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hawaiianairlines.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://ab976f528c498801423d-2376439231beb5d718e8f49fe25fed31.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/uploads/media/media/14164/logo_hawaiianair_harajuku.jpg" width="300" height="80" /></a></p> <p><strong>Hospitality sponsor</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.themodernhonolulu.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://ab976f528c498801423d-2376439231beb5d718e8f49fe25fed31.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/uploads/media/media/14403/exhib_harajukue_themodern_logo.jpg" width="240" height="40" /></a></strong></p> <p><strong>Media sponsor</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.honolulumagazine.com/" target="_blank">HONOLULU Magazine</a></p> 2015-07-29T11:11:21-10:00 false 2016-04-03T21:15:00-10:00 In 1990s Tokyo, a style combining the kawaii (excruciatingly cute) of Hello Kitty culture and British new wave emerged in the streets, finding a particular home around the Harajuku train station. American pop star Gwen Stefani brought the fashion trend into the global mainstream when she introduced her Harajuku Girls backup singers and her L&#8230; 9869 15255 Honolulu Museum of Art 115 harajuku_tokyo_street_fashion 2015-08-03T00:00:00-10:00 false false false 2015-11-19T10:00:00-10:00 1 Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion 2016-02-08T11:26:40-10:00 13 1 <p>See artwork created by female artists working in Hawai&lsquo;i in the early half of the 20th century. The show includes artists who were longtime residents as well as visitors to the islands, all of whom found rich artistic content in their surroundings, and were compelled to interpret their experience in Hawai&lsquo;i through their work. Genevieve Springston Lynch, Madge Tennent, and Lillie Gaye Torrey among others were instrumental figures in Honolulu&rsquo;s burgeoning art scene. Their work proved a departure from what were commonly accepted artistic parameters for females through their choice of subject matter, media, style, or scale.</p> <p>The exhibition also highlights designs by female artists whose creative output made their way into Japanese textiles and American glassware production. Together, the selected artists exemplify how conceptions of Hawai&lsquo;i&rsquo;s people and natural environment circulated across the Pacific.</p> 2015-07-30T13:12:04-10:00 false 2016-02-28T17:00:00-10:00 September 3, 2015 - February 28, 2016 9412 15260 Honolulu Museum of Art 115 women_artists_hawaii_1900_1950 2015-07-30T00:00:00-10:00 false false false 2015-09-03T10:00:00-10:00 1 Women Artists in Hawaiʻi: 1900-1950 2015-07-30T13:16:45-10:00 25 1 <p><i>Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawai&lsquo;i</i> features a selection of Grace Hudson&rsquo;s rarely seen portraits and landscape paintings from her 1901 stay in Hawai&lsquo;i, along with items of Hawaiian material culture acquired by the artist during her visit. Best known for her portraits of the Pomo Native American people living near her Ukiah, California home, Hudson&rsquo;s work in Hawai&lsquo;i maintained a figurative focus, depicting primarily Native Hawaiian and Asian women and children rendered with a preference for accuracy over improvisation. Her artistic approach, which veers away from the romantic and toward the ethnographic, was a consistent theme across her long career as a painter.</p> <p>Hudson is one of a small but important echelon of early twentieth-century female artists who traveled independently to Hawai&lsquo;i in bold fashion while honing their professional artistic careers. With Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe, Dorothy Thorpe, and Frederica Gordon-Cummings, and the resident female artists Helen Whitney Kelley, Juliette May Fraser, Madge Tennent, and Genevieve Springston Lynch, Hudson&rsquo;s oeuvre exemplifies artwork informed by pre-war Hawai&lsquo;i. Many of the artists who exhibited with Hudson, and who contributed to Hawai&lsquo;i&rsquo;s eclectic art scene, are featured in the exhibition <i><a href="http://honolulumuseum.org/art/exhibitions/15260-women_artists_hawaii_1900_1950/" target="_blank">Women Artists in Hawai&lsquo;i: 1900‒1950</a>,</i>&nbsp;on view in the museum&rsquo;s Holt Gallery from September 3, 2015 to February 28, 2016.</p> <p>The exhibition&nbsp;is organized by the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California and was made&nbsp;possible by the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation, Watters O. Martin, Jr., the Atherton Family Foundation, Ivy Richardson and the Sun House Guild.</p> <p>The Honolulu presentation is&nbsp;supported in part by the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation.</p> 2015-08-04T15:01:08-10:00 false 2016-03-06T17:00:00-10:00 November 12, 2015 &ndash; March 6, 2016 9473 15278 Honolulu Museum of Art 115 days_grace 2015-08-06T02:00:00-10:00 false false false 2015-11-12T10:00:00-10:00 1 Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawai‘i 2016-02-01T14:38:09-10:00 25 1 <p><i>Identify Yourself</i> addresses who we are through textiles that chronicle our human condition over several centuries and around the world. Recorded on cloth are cultural histories, retold through myths and legends, divulged as religious rhetoric, encapsulated on ancient fragments, or revealed as personal and literary narratives. Woven, stitched, and printed, these works denote social status, gender and age exalted through time on textiles depicting the human form. Some are explicit and clearly identifiable, others remain shrouded in mystery, real or imagined, providing fertile ground for creative interpretations of the faces on fiber</p> <p>Included in the exhibition are textiles featuring the powerful Queen Semiramis of Babylon on a 15th-century Flemish tapestry, a lover from a scene depicted in the Chinese opera <i>The Romance of the Western Chamber,</i> and an ancient Peruvian Paracas warrior from a thousand years ago. Imagine the conversation that could take place between these characters. Would the discussions turn into shouting matches, romantic quiet whisperings or lead to spiritual religious chanting in an attempt to evoke emotionally charged responses? <i>Identify Yourself</i> is a textile reflection of the world before selfies defined who we are.</p> 2015-09-01T16:20:27-10:00 false 2016-04-24T16:30:00-10:00 Sept 3, 2015 - Apr 24, 2016 9625 15320 Honolulu Museum of Art 115 identify_yourself 2015-09-01T00:00:00-10:00 false false false 2015-09-03T10:00:00-10:00 1 Identify Yourself 2016-02-04T16:37:29-10:00 25 1