Art / Openings In Tokyo

TOKYO

'Sayoko Yamaguchi: The Wearist, Clothed in the Future'

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

April 11-June 28

Early fashion icon Sayako Yamaguchi (1949-2007) preferred to call herself a “wearist” rather than a “model” of clothing. In 1971, she was the first Japanese model to make it to the runway of the Paris Collection, after which she became one of the first internationally recognized Asian models. In 1974, News Week magazine described her as “one of the top four fashion models of the world.”

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo follows Yamaguchi’s career through photos, scrapbooks, film clips, personal effects and, of course, her sense of style. Also on display will be several Sayoko mannequins, which were made in her likeness and became popular in window displays worldwide during the 1970s and ’80s.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Kiyosumishirakawa Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. 03-5245-4111; www.mot-art-museum.jp