Associate Professor of Sociology Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
Yuniya Kawamura’s interests are on Japanese youth subcultures and fashion. Her current work on Japanese fashion subcultures, Fashioning Japanese Subcultures (Berg, currently in progress), focuses on different districts in Tokyo, such as Harajuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara, from where youth subcultures along with their distinctive styles and fashion emerge. She compares and contrasts the high fashion system and the street fashion system.
Senior Curator and Department Head of Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sharon Takeda’s first LACMA exhibition, When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan, and its accompanying publication won seven awards including first place in the 1992 American Association of Museums’ Curator's Committee Exhibit Competition and the 1993 Costume Society of America’s Millia Davenport Publication Award. Other major exhibitions at LACMA include The Fabric of Life: Japanese Folk Textiles, Japonism in Fashion: The Influence of Japan on Western Dress, Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyōgen Theater in Japan, and Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.