Style icon: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama’s is Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist. Her paintings, sculptures and installations revolve around her obsession with infinity, pattern and repetition and she is well known for her use of polka dots. A true creative, she has struggled with mental illness and suffered from hallucinations. Much of her work is autobiographical featuring psychological, and sexual content.

Over the years she has continuously evolved and re-invented her personal style. As a fan of polka dots and eccentric dressing I have long been fascinated with her innovative way of dressing and crazy hair colours.

Fashion has been having something of a polka dot moment recently, which looks set to continue as Marc Jacobs has collaborated with Kusama on a selection of leather goods, shoes, accessories, and ready-to-wear clothing, which will be shown in Paris this March at the Louis Vuitton catwalk show and available to buy in the Vuitton shops in July.

The Tate Modern will be showing a major exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work from the 5th of February until the 5th of June this year. The biggest UK show to date of her work, it will be a great opportunity to view an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installations from one of Japan’s most unique style icons.


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