Though fashion is often dismissed as just trends in clothing, it has always had a close relationship with art — whether it has been depicted within art, is influenced by it or is considered as artwork itself. Based on magazine editor Nakako Hayashi’s 2011 book “Expanded Fashion,” this exhibition explores contemporary approaches to our love of clothing, including its influences on and by photography, design and literature.

Artists represented in the show include photographer Takashi Homma, designers Cosmic Wonder, illustrator-painter Ryoko Aoki and multimedia artist Miranda July, who, together with others, show works that comment on fashion as a form of expression and its role as a cultural catalyst; Feb. 22-May 18.

Art Tower Mito, Contemporary Art Gallery; 1-6-8 Gokencho, Mito, Ibaraki. Mito Stn. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon. 029-227-8111; www.arttowermito.or.jp

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