STREET: Labyrinth of Undercover “25 Year Retrospective”

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UNDERCOVER, a fashion brand that has drawn enthusiastic support among the youth since the 90s, marks its 25th anniversary this year. Making its debut in the Tokyo Collection in the 1995 Autumn/Winter season, it has participated in the Paris Collection since the 2003 Spring/Summer season and has attracted attention from around the world. The brand’s designer and founder Jun Takahashi won the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prize in 2013 for the second time, proving that his archievenments are highly valued in Japan as well. With a variety of his creations, mostly fashion along with photographs, images and dolls intertwined, his unique worldview is presented. This is where UNDERCOVER’s innate nature lies.

The exhibition entitled “LABYRINTH OF UNDERCOVER” introduces UNDERCOVER’s intricately intertwined and multifaceted creations. The venue, displaying 25 years of its valuable collection archives, videos of shows, dolls and paintings, is literally a a labyrinth. You are sure to experience the real appeal of UNDERCOVER, which does not fall strictly within the fashion category and is rich in cultural features.

We have managed to capture most of the collection from the exhibition:

1994-95 Autumn/Winter “Untitled”

1994 FIRST COLLECTION

1995-1996 Autum/Winter “SPEED”

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2000-01 Autumn/Winter “MELTING POT”

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2001-02 Autumn/Winter “Decorated Armed Voluntary Forces”

Decorated Arm

2002 Spring/Summer “The Illusion of Haze”

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2003 Spring/Summer “SCAB”

2003 SCAB

 

2003-04 Autumn/Winter “PAPER DOLL”

2003 Paper Doll

2004 Spring/Summer “LANGUID”

2004 Languid

 

2004-05 Autumn/Winter “BUT BEAUTIFUL….”

2004 BUT BEAUTIFULBut Beautiful

2005 Spring/Summer “BUT BEAUTIFUL II”

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2005-06 Autumn/Winter “ARTS & CRAFTS”

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2006 Spring/Summer “T”

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2007-08 Autumn/Winter ‘untitled’

2007 Autumn Winter untitled

 

2008 Spring/Summer “SUMMER MADNESS”

2008 Summer Madness

2009 Spring/Summer “GRACE”

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2011 Spring/Summer “UNDERMAN”

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2014-15 Autumn/Winter “COLD BLOOD”

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2015 Spring/Summer “PRETTY HATE BIRD”

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2015-16 Autumn/Winter “HURT”

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 Undercover Accessories

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Gilapple Tree

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Jun Takahashi’s sketches

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Jun Takahashi’s work desk

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Labyrinth of UNDERCOVER 25 year retrospective is being held at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-1403 JAPAN from 10 October to 23 December. Gallery closes on every Monday