Many of you probably know that the Fashion Institute of Technology maintains a free museum. Japan Fashion Now is the special exhibit currently on display in a gallery space transformed to evoke the cityscape of 21st century Tokyo. It features ensembles that cover the eighties and its avant-garde designers Miyake, Yamamoto, and Kawakubo,
and proceeds to showcase current looks inspired by the neighborhood Omotesando site of Comme des Garcon's flagship store.
For me (and my 9-year old) the most interesting pieces were the Gothic-Punk Lolita styles by Hirooka Naoto as exemplified by the stage costumes worn by the singers Hangry and Angry.
If you can't make it to the actual exhibit, you should at least drop by the virtual one, which includes an interview with Dr. Valerie Steele, the director of the museum.