while in tokyo in may, i was really excited to learn that we were there to catch the 6+ antwerp fashion exhibition at the tokyo opera city art gallery. here is a little blurb from tokyo art beat (great site btw):
"Antwerp gained overnight recognition as a major center for fashion in the 1980s with the emergence of the "Antwerp Six." That success was grounded in the comprehensive education provided by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, collaborations with photographers, stylists and makeup artists in building a coherent image, and the powerful sense of identity possessed by each individual designer.
This is the first exhibition in Japan to explore the attraction and creativity of Antwerp fashion. It covers the Antwerp Six (including Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, and Dries Van Noten) and Martin Margiela, who represent the first generation, and also second and third generation designers such as Raf Simons, Veronique Branquinho, and A.F. Vandevorst."
unfortunately no pictures were allowed (bummer!) and i wished really really hard that i brought my sketchbook so i could sketch some of the pieces from the antwerp royal academy of fine arts students, because they were truly amazing. you should check out their website to see the different years' work on the runway.
i bought the accompanying book, even though most of it is in japanese (maybe some day i will be able to read it)
viewing their designs/projects made me remember why i got interested in fashion to begin with. i was previously involved in visual arts, but it was the craft of fashion that really fascinated me and spurred my interest in going to fashion school. manipulating fabric and other materials into fanciful creations of the imagination is what i was interested in. the artistic side of fashion. the conceptual. somehow over the years, as a result of the type of school i ended up going to, my current job, and perhaps even the city i live in, my love for fashion and my desire to be involved in the creation of fashion has been seriously waning. i've even spoken to a career counselor to try and work some things out and figure out what i really want to do. i'm still not sure.
some directions i'm currently thinking about are architect (but i'm not great at math), interior designer, fashion forecaster, historian (maybe to do with textiles or fashion history), archaeologist, researcher.
the other night i was up late thinking, and i tried to sort out what i want out of a career, and came up with this list:
- work with visual aesthetics in some way
- feel like i'm making a positive contribution to society or making some sort if difference in the world
- to work on projects that are more concrete and long-lasting
- the freedom to be truly creative
- to work with or for a small group of people i admire and respect
- to work on projects that are more 'big picture' or that have a more conceptual focus
- to have freedom or the ability to travel freely
- work involving research, analysis and synthesis of ideas or concepts
- work with my hands (something i really miss in my current job)
any suggestions? if there are any architects out there who can share some insight about their job, i would greatly appreciate it, as it is one field i am leaning towards.