Philosophical Fashion 1: FINAL HOME

2013.1.12(Sat.) - 2013.6.30(Sun.)



2013.1.12(Sat.) - 2013.6.30(Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


Design Gallery / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, January 15, February 12 and May 7
(Open on January 14, February 11, April 29 and May 6)



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“Philosophical Fashion”—a series inquiring into the meaning of clothing today, when trends change with dizzying speed, driven by the phenomenal rise of “fast fashion.” Featured in this series are creators who consistently propose new fashions on the basis of an enduring concept. The first exhibition in the series will examine the project “FINAL HOME” of fashion designer TSUMURA Kosuke.
“When people lose their home, their final protection is their clothing.”
The nylon coats born from this concept have received the name FINAL HOME. When their many pockets are stuffed with newsprint, the coats provide strong protection against the cold. When filled with emergency goods, they become evacuation jackets.
Tsumura first created FINAL HOME in 1994. Since then, Japan has suffered two disasters of unprecedented scale, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. Compelled by his mission as a fashion designer, Tsumura has continually pondered the relationships between fashion, society, and the natural environment. Through the activities of FINAL HOME, this exhibition will examine the roles played by clothing and fashion.

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Artist Talk

FINAL HOME designer TSUMURA Kosuke will discuss the brand’s concept and activities.
*Japanese language only
Date/time: Sunday, March10, 2013 13:30-14:30
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Capacity: 60
Admission: No charge

Flower Puzzle Workshop

If you see someone wearing FINAL HOME stuffed with flowers, please strike up a conversation.
Let’s make flower puzzles together. The museum will be abloom with flowers!
Date/time: Sunday, March10, 2013 11:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
*We will start assembling flower puzzles from 15:00.
Venue: Conference Room 1, other
Free admission. Anyone can participate.

For the Philosophical Fashion Exhibition

  • Message from the Designer

    An art museum is an element of a city’s composition, a public institution that acts on our aesthetic sensibilities through art and provides opportunities to think about people and society.
    Art museums today must maintain and preserve artworks of wide-ranging variety, and hence, they also require wide-ranging equipment. This means air conditioners, display stands, protective cases, lighting devices, projectors, and monitors. On top of this, there is the clothing, magazines, mobile phones, and other things that people typically bring inside the museum. As a result, an art museum is filled to overflowing with objects of all kinds.
    Still, most visitors are conscious only of the artworks displayed, and do not notice the display stands and protective cases or the clothing and other items brought in by people. Naturally, the museum gives thought to preventing such things from interfering with art appreciation, and visitors, too, view the artworks with the unspoken understanding that they should disregard these things.
    If we can escape our fixed perceptions and view a situation with objectivity, we can discover beauty in a space. If our attention can be enhanced, we may even be able to foresee danger.
    Therefore, by placing the spotlight on the equipment used in the display of art and on the everyday items of our lives, I have contrived an installation that looks freshly at objects around us whose existence we overlook.
    At the core of the installation is FINE HOME: nylon wear with pockets created by partitioning the space between the outer material and the lining. The pockets are easily opened and closed, using zippers that work both ways. When the pockets are not in use, it simply becomes a coat with a liner again, and can be worn as minimal fashion wear, whose pockets are unnoticeable.
    Urban survival wear—FINAL HOME. It is first wear and it is final wear, put to practical use as a “final home.” It is also a symbol of the thinking behind my design activities. I hope my installation will move viewers to think about people and clothing, and about cities and nature.

    TSUMURA Kosuke

Artist Profile

  • TSUMURA Kosuke

    1959 Born in Saitama, JAPAN.
    1982 Won the 52nd Soen Prize.
    1983 Joined the Miyake Design Office.
    1994 Established FINAL HOME.
    In the same year, participated in the Paris Collection and Tokyo Collection, and received the 12th Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix New Face Award and Shiseido Encouragement Award.
    2001 Won the 3rd Oribe Award.
    2008 Became a professor, Musashino Art University, Department of Scenography, Display & Fashion Design.

    Selected Exhibitions:
    1995 Japonism in Fashion (City of Paris Museum of Fashion, Paris)
    1999 Visions of the Body (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)
    2000 7th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice Biennale)
    2002 Shanghai Biennale
    2008 "shelter x survival" exhibition (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art)
    2012 "Documenta 13" (Cassel/Germany)



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

In Cooperation with:

Kawakami Sangyo Co., ltd.
Takeo Co., ltd.