Future Beauty

SAM Downtown
Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

Through September 8


Special Exhibition Tours

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
Wednesdays–Sundays, July 24–September 8, 1 pm & 2 pm
SAM Downtown, Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

Gain insights into Japanese fashion and culture through this free 60-minute tour of the special exhibition galleries.

Public Tours

My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Public Tours
Thursdays, July 11–September 5, 6:30 pm
SAM Downtown
Tours begin at the top of the escalators on the Third Floor.

My Favorite Things tours bring some of the most opinionated and fascinating artists, cultural producers and community figures into the galleries to discuss their favorite works of art in Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion and SAM’s collection. Free with museum admission.

Private Guided Tours
Looking for in-depth information about the art at SAM? 60-minute private guided tours are available for adults, college students and seniors at all three SAM locations.

Please schedule at least three weeks prior to your visit date. To schedule a private tour, email groups@seattleartmuseum.org or call 206.344.5260 for more information.


Akiko Fukai SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 27, 7 pm
SAM Downtown, Plestcheeff Auditorium

Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute and curator of the exhibition, speaks on Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion and the enormous impact of Japanese fashion on the world scene. The new aesthetics foraged by visionaries such as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, and others feature prominently in this discussion spanning the 1980s through the present.

Tickets: $10 nonmembers; $8 students and seniors, $5 SAM members.

Valerie Steele SOLD OUT*
Friday, July 19, 7 pm
SAM Downtown, Plestcheeff Auditorium
*We will be offering a free simulcast in Nordstrom Lecture Hall.

Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, discusses the Japanese “fashion revolution” of the 1980s and the impact of contemporary Japanese fashion and street style through the lens of Future Beauty and her 2010 exhibition, Japan Fashion Now.

Tickets: $10 nonmembers, $8 students and seniors, $5 SAM members.


J-Fashion Your Life: Cut + Sew Edition! SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 27, 10 am–4 pm
SAM Downtown, Nordstrom Art Studio

Explore the aesthetics behind Japanese street fashion in this workshop for adults with designer Malia Peoples. Learn a few sewing tricks, have a few laughs, and get ready to transform re-purposed items from your own closet. Please bring 3–5 items of clothing to cut and sew.

Tickets: $30 nonmembers, $24 students and seniors, $15 SAM members.

Crafting at the Park
Saturdays, August 3–29, 11 am–1 pm
Olympic Sculpture Park, PACCAR Pavilion

Drop in and get creative with hands-on art activities inspired by pop culture, fashion and the works of art in Future Beauty. Featuring all-ages activities led by local artists and designers! FREE and open to the public.

August 3 Hipster headbands and scrunchies with fashion designer Malia Peoples
August 10 Pom-pom headdresses, wrist-lets and neck pieces with artist Mandy Greer
August 17 Reflective bike fashion accessories with designer Ann DeOtte Kaufman
August 24 Found-object fascinators with artist Kate Ryan

Future Beauty: Community Night Out
Presented by Target
Thursday, September 5, 6–9 pm
SAM Downtown

Celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of Japanese fashion with an evening full of free live music, art making, My Favorite Things tours, performances and workshops inspired by Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. Bring your family, friends, students, kids, parents and fellow artists—there will be something for everyone! FREE with museum admission.

Future Beauty