Posted:Oct 4, 2011

Metabolism Fashion! Event

Fancy joining the TAB team in heading to the Mori Art Museum wearing an original costume inspired by the Metabolism exhibition?

We would like to invite 15 pairs of readers to the Mori Art Museum on Saturday, October 22 (16:00). The dress code is…Metabolism Fashion!

The TAB team loves to plan fun events. After a lot of brainstorming and throwing ideas around, we have come up with a new way to make visiting an exhibition even more fun!

We will be visiting Mori Art Museum’s current exhibition “Metabolism, The City of the Future” exhibition wearing Metabolism-inspired costumes…and we would like to invite you to join us!

What is Metabolism Fashion/Costume?!

Metabolism, currently being survey and introduced in the Mori Art Museum’s “Metabolism – The City of the Future” exhibition is an architectural movement that began in Japan in the Sixties.

Famous examples of Metabolism include prefab architecture and structures involving capsules and compartments, perhaps most representatively in Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower Building in central Tokyo. To learn more about Metabolism, please refer to the Mori Art Museum’s blog digest series.

Arata Isozaki, 'Shinjuku Project: City in the Air' (unbuilt) (1961/2011) (CG Video)

The architecture of the Metabolism movement is very ambitious and uniquely shaped. Feed your imagination from the images and come up with your original costumes. We welcome any handmade costumes! Join in and become one of the buildings of the Metabolism City.

The dress code may sound confusing, however with a little creativity you could easily come up with a design. One tip would be to make a collage. As you see below, you can chop up images of Metabolism architecture, and pasted them onto something to make a costume. For example, how about onto a milk carton?! Perhaps you have some clothes that just match the architectural imagery? It’s up to you!


We reckon there there is plenty of room for the imagination here. Just as long as the theme of the costume is Metabolism in some way, the final “look” can be anything you want. You can just imitate or pay homage to the unique forms and style of Sixties architecture — or you could even come in your own version of Metabolism for 2011!

Costumes could be made from anything around you and the simpler the idea, the easier it will be for you to make.

Here’s one idea!

Fold a piece of newspaper nicely into halves until you get the size you want…




…then cut four ends of the paper to create an X shape.



When you open the X, you should have patterned paper.

Simply spray the paper with black spray paint and when you paste it on a white piece of paper. Le voilà! Now you have a hat inspired by Kiyonori Kikutake’s “ECO POLIS” architecture!

Hat (left) based on Kikutake Kiyonori's unbuilt 'ECO POLIS' (right).

There will be room for 15 pairs of readers. Please ask a friend along and apply online. And on the day we will have special prizes for the best dressed guests (one male and one female)!

Event Details
Saturday, October 22, 2011
16:00 at Mori Art Museum

Please meet us by the Museum Cone entrance, already wearing your costume.
Applications: Here
Places are available on a first-come-first-served basis. We will contact successful applicants individually via email.


– Please note that your chosen costume should not damage any of the exhibits. You may not be able to enter the exhibition if your costume/accessories are considered too big or dangerous.
– Alcohol is prohibited. We will not accept anyone who has been drinking prior to this event.
– You can use the toilets in Roppongi Hills for changing into your costume.

Saka Matsushita

Saka Matsushita

Born in Japan, raised in New York City, Toronto and Yokohama. After gaining a BA Hons from University of the Arts, London (Wimbledon College of Art), Saka trained as a theatre designer at Motley Theatre Design Course. During and after her studies she has worked on various stage and film productions in London designing costumes and sets, including for Rambert Dance Company, Noah and the Whale, and Sony TV Europe. She moved back to Japan in 2010 and currently is involved with personal projects, working with young children, and also organizing events at TAB. Saka has big plans to design a children's film/theatre production in the near future! <a href=""></a> contactsaka(at)