Fashion Max 2

January 28, 2023
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Saturday, January 28, 6 pm ET

In conjunction with the current exhibition, Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga, join art and fashion collective CFGNY (Concept Foreign Garments New York) for a live dress rehearsal of their runway-performance, “Fashion Max 2.” This open dress rehearsal will introduce a behind-the-scenes look into CFGNY’s fourth fashion collection inspired by the reworking of language that happens through their collaboration with tailors in Ho Chi Minh City.

For this presentation, CFGNY has collaborated with Avena Gallagher (styling direction), Chika Nishiyama (hair), Shiseido Americas (makeup), Okkyung Lee (sound), Sigrid Lauren (choreography), Nick Sethi (photography), David Brandon Geeting (lookbook) and Cynthia Leung (PR). 

CFGNY began in 2016 as an ongoing dialogue between Tin Nguyen and Daniel Chew on the intersection of fashion, race, identity, and sexuality. Joined by Kirsten Kilponen and Ten Izu in 2020, CFGNY continually returns to the term “vaguely Asian”: an understanding of racial identity as a specific cultural experience combined with the experience of being perceived as other. CFGNY does not wish to represent what it means to be “Asian” in the singular; instead, it encourages the visualization of the countless ways one is able to be in the plural.

Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga
On view through February 19, 2023

Japan Society presents the exhibition Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga from November 18, 2022 through February 19, 2023. The first show devoted to the art of contemporary fashion at Japan Society, the exhibition explores the work of CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga, two emerging fashion labels that engage with the intersections between fashion, art, and identity. Featuring garments, accessories, and textile-related works, the exhibition examines the ways in which these two practices—one based in New York, and the other in Tokyo—experiment with artistic mediums beyond conventional forms of dress, while challenging preconceived notions of gender and identity.

Image: © CFGNY

Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund; the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; Peggy and Dick Danziger; Thierry Porté and Yasko Tashiro; and Friends of the Gallery. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor for Japan Society gallery exhibitions.

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • 6:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Registration
  • Free Admission

The Gallery will be open to attendees for free admission from 4:30-5:30 pm. Check-in starts at 4:30 pm.