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10 AM - 11 AM
Saturday 21 April 2018

Image courtesy of MAAS, Dr Gene Sherman's notebook of Japanese Fashion Collection

10 AM – 11 AM
Honmono: Genuine Article

Collector of Japanese fashion Dr Gene Sherman is joined by Octavius La Rosa (Dot Comme) and Sebastian Suppel (Aoyama Archive) to discuss the allure of Japanese aesthetic and their passionate engagement in collecting. Exploring the groundbreaking emergence of Kawakubo, Miyake and Yamamoto, our three panelists will seek to identify the unique essence of Japanese design, and the way in which its qualities speak to them as individuals. Our panelists will look to the future of Japanese fashion and how subsequent generations of avant-garde designers have emerged from an established aesthetic, now maintaining an intrinsic sensibility as contemporary Japanese creatives.


Booking Information

This event is free upon attendance, but bookings are essential. If you book and do not attend, a $50 payment per ticket will be processed as a donation to SCCI.

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In line with our philanthropic vision, our ticketing policy is, we believe, unique. Capacity is very limited in SCCI’s main venue (20 Goodhope St, Paddington) and our aim is to encourage a full house at every event, and the best possible ambience for presenters and audience.

To this end, many SCCI events indicate a ticket price but are free upon attendance. If you book for this event and do not attend, your credit card will be charged the full ticket price, which will become a donation to SCCI to assist us in continuing our mission

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Saturday 21 April 2018
10 AM - 11 AM
SCCI 20 Goodhope St Paddington


Sebastian Supel

Sebastian Supel is the founder of Aoyama Archive, a curated store paying homage to the first wave movement of Japanese fashion houses Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. He studied Fashion Design, Applied Science (Textile Technology) and Business. Previously, Supel ran a curated store entitled Boroi, a collective of rare and obscure Japanese and Korean antiquities which delved deep into the wabi-sabi aesthetic. This project perfected the idea of curating as a form of art in itself. Being an avid collector and researcher of Japanese fashion for 10 years, it was only natural to form what is now known as Aoyama Archive. Supel appears in:

Octavius La Rosa

Octavius La Rosa founded online shopping platform dot COMME and collects Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Walter Van Beirendonck. The collection presently consists of over 3500 pieces with a focus on Comme des Garcons, featuring key pieces from every collection since the 1970s and including over 20 sculptural art pieces from the recent Comme de Garçons runways. La Rosa started out selling pieces on ebay to fund the collection which evolved into dot COMME in 2012 and a store in Melbourne CBD a year later. He is currently opening another space for his collection in the Curtain House building. La Rosa appears in: