Bunka GFC x National Art Center Tokyo workshop

In collaboration with the National Art Center Tokyo, The Global Fashion Concentration first year students will be holding a creative workshop on the theme of The Ballet Russe. The costumes from the Ballet Russe will be on display in the Gallery from June 18th ~ September 1, 2014.

We’ll be hosting a workshop with our first year students, from left to right Pooja Chadha (India), Rebecca Thomas (England), Nigel Newhook (England), Athena Chen (Taiwan, she is interning at the gallery at the moment, helping them set up the exhibition. Even I’m jealous! :)

Date: July 26th 2014, 13:30 ~ 17:00

Number of participants: limited to 20 (age 12 and up)

Cost: 1,000 yen

Deadline to register: July 9th 2014

Details: The visionary of the Ballet Russes, Sergey Diaghalev, is famous for having been a patron of the arts in his time, supporting musicians like Debussy, Stravinsky and working together with visual artists like Picasso and Leon Bakst. In order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the pieces on display in the exhibition, we will be exploring the illustrations done by famous artists for the Ballets. Participants will work in groups to delve into the rich, evocative history of the 2D fantasy world to make our own works inspired by elements from existing costumes or illustrations, resulting in a collection of 2.5D wearable illustrations that tease the line between fantasy and reality.

*Please note that the workshop will be held in both Japanese and English, so you are welcome to join in either language!


If you dig any of these illustrations, and you want to have some fun and get your hands dirty, then please come to our workshop!

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