When Future Beauty opens at SAM on June 27, it will mark the first fashion-focused exhibit in our museum's history. 

So you better believe that there will be some stylish good times and a variety of opportunities for interactivity along with the 200 pieces of contemporary Japanese fashion inside the show.

First up: curator Akiko Fukai's opening lecture on Thursday, June 27 at 7. The show's original curator and the director of the Kyoto Costume Institute visits Seattle to talk about Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and other ground-breaking long-time designers featured in the exhibit, and how their influence is still seen on runways, urban streets, and the best shops in Seattle and beyond.

With our window on the Pacific Rim and sizeable Asian-American population, Seattle has always tracked Japan and other Asian countries in terms of food, landscape, architecture, art, design, and style. As these archival garments spend the summer with us, Seattle Met will be working with SAM to present the most stylish local examples of the Future Beauty designers' legacy. We'll introduce you to the shopkeepers who continue to bring Japanese fashion into the city, and we'll tell you where to shop to get looks that are directly and indirectly inspired by the minds celebrated in the show.

Check back with us as we track Future Beauty and keep you updated on all the associated happenings. Tickets are available via SAM.