Yesterday, September 1st, marked the opening of Costume National Aoyama Complex (CNAC), the new flagship store of the “Edgy Chic” Italian fashion brand, Costume National. The new complex is, in a sense, a homecoming for the brand, which was founded in 1986 by Ennio Capasa, fresh from working in Japan as an assistant to Yohji Yamamoto. Along with a retail shop, the complex includes 2 other spaces – CNAC LAB and CNAC WALL.
CNAC LAB is a dedicated art space that will begin showing video artwork in October. But from now through the end of the month the space is encompassed by “Costume National: 25Years,” an exhibition designed by Ryuji Nakamura to showcase various archival looks that the brand has produced.
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For the event, Nakamura has used over 4000 meters of polyester ribbon that functions like a lenticular print. Depending on where you stand, the ribbon can appear to be translucent to the point of non-existence, or it can appear to be opaque as a wall. As you approach the exhibition a curtain appears to close on all surrounding work so that, up close, you can only view a single piece at a time.
The other space – CNAC WALL – is a bar and terrace with a green wall created by Patrick Blanc. The vertical garden is reportedly his largest piece to-date in Japan and is comprised of over 100 species of plants that fit neatly together in 12 x 3 meters of lushness.