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Pierre Hardy Stages Photo Exhibit in Tokyo

TOKYO — Just over a year after opening his first boutique in Japan, Pierre Hardy was back in the chic Aoyama area to fete a photo exhibition showcasing works by students from the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne, an art and design university in Switzerland. A similar exhibit was shown in Paris last year, but the Tokyo edition featured new works created for the event.
“It started very genuinely as a workshop with ECAL, and it was not intended to be something else. It was not a project,” Hardy said. “But when I saw the results, it [seemed like] really a pity because the results were so strong and so different from what we are used to seeing in the fashion business. So we offered them to come to Paris and we did a show.”
But Hardy also thought a 10-day exhibit in Paris was a “pity,” which was when he got the idea to bring the show to Tokyo as well. It was the perfect solution, considering that there’s a gallery space directly under the Aoyama boutique.
Hardy said there is a possibility the exhibit may continue to travel to another city, but he said nothing has been decided yet.
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