Shibuya Parco gets ready for a rebirth
Tokyo’s famous Shibuya Parco shopping mall will be closing for a planned three years from Aug. 7, but not before its lauded museum of pop culture puts on a series of three attendance-worthy exhibitions for shoppers to check out after perusing fashion goods.
The first is the work of popular photographer and “Sakuran” film director Mika Ninagawa, whose “In My Room” series features celebrity boys in high-fashion duds as they let down their guard for her camera lens (June 18-July 4, ¥500). The second is “Hyper! Harumi Gals!!” by Harumi Yamaguchi, an airbrush illustrator who was a catalyst for women in the Japanese advertising industry during the 1970s and ’80s, and a longtime collaborator on Parco’s early ads (July 6-25, ¥500).
For the third exhibition, which has yet to be titled, a whole host of artists who have worked with Parco over the decades are being brought together. Sure to be a tapestry of wild and funky Japanese fashion and art, it’ll end an era before the department store’s hiatus (July 29-Aug. 7, free entry).
Parco Museum: 3F Parco Part 1, 15-1 Udagawa, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-3477-5873; www.parco-art.com
Homme Plisse finds a home in Daikanyama
Homme Plisse, the menswear counterpart to the Pleats Please line of clothing from Issey Miyake, opened its first storefront on June 11 in Tokyo’s quaint Daikanyama area. Homme Plisse debuted in 2013 as one of the most anticipated menswear lines to come from the Miyake design house. It’s part of what Miyake calls his Reality Lab, which pushes out more experimental products and collections, and is the section that the designer himself is said to focus most on.
The original Pleats Please for women was released in 1988 as an answer to a demand for lightweight, quick-dry clothing that could travel without wrinkling and fit many body shapes and sizes. This was accomplished by using highly compressed pleats on fabric that Miyake and his many artistic comrades jazzed up with colorful graphics and avant-garde cuts.
The new two-story Homme Plisse store was designed by Naoto Fukasawa, an industrial designer and longtime collaborator with the Miyake brand, and is described as a “trapezoidal concrete box” in which clothes hang from large beams cutting across the ceiling.
Homme Plisse: 19-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-6277-5085; www.isseymiyake.com
Picturing Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe
From June 28 to Aug. 21, the Shiseido Gallery in Ginza is showcasing a series of photographs, taken by renowned photographer Miyako Ishiuchi, of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s personal wardrobe and effects.
Commissioned by the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, Ishiuchi spent three weeks documenting the legendary painter’s personal belongings. Known for her bright and unique personal style, Kahlo made fashion part of her artistic and personal identity. “Frida Is” showcases 31 photos of her pieces — from corsets, dresses and shoes to accessories and collectibles.
In its plethora of colorful, spirited Mexican influences of the early 20th century, the photos also chart Ishiuchi’s work on the Kahlo project, which was filmed for the documentary “The Legacy of Frida Kahlo,” released in Japan last year.
Entry to “Frida Is” is free.
Shiseido Gallery: 8-8-3 Chuo-ku, Tokyo; 03-3572-3901; www.shiseidogroup.jp/gallery