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Past Special Exhibitions

Shiseido’s designs
– Let the Product Speak for Itself

July 3 (Tue) through December 24 (Mon), 2018

Shiseido’s design sefforts began with the relatively primitive advertisements undertaken around the time of the company’s founding, but it did not take long before the company aesthetic was being developed by a group of leading creative professionals whom founding president Shinzo Fukuhara had assembled into a full-fledged “Design Department.” Further refinement through the Art Nouveau and Art Deco sensibilities of graphic designer Ayao Yamana eventually brought to fruition a “Shiseido style” known for its delicacy and graceful elegance.
From the late 1960s on, however, the changing times called for this traditional “Shiseido style” to be challenged in various ways. But even while these attempts were sometimes referred to as “anti–Shiseido style,” they presented customers and society in general with a surprising freshness, and in the process helped Shiseido broaden its creation of new value.

For the latter half of 2018, the Shiseido Corporate Museum presented “Shiseido’s Design — Let the Product Speak for Itself,” a follow-up exhibition to the “Shiseido’s Design — A challenge to Create New Values” show earlier in 2018. In addition to the posters and advertisements like those featured in the first half, this latter exhibition presented 30 products created by Shiseido during the 1950s and beyond.

Shiseido’s designs – A challenge to create new values –

Shiseido’s designs
– A challenge to create new values –

January 5 (Fri), to July 1 (Sun), 2018

Shiseido’s designs, which started with primitive depictions for advertisement purposes soon after the foundation of the company, were refined by top creators who gathered in the Design Department set up by Shinzo Fukuhara, the first president of Shiseido. Subsequently, the designs based on art nouveau and art deco styles were further refined and developed by Ayao Yamana, a graphic designer, and the delicate and graceful Shiseido Style was perfected.

On the other hand, starting in the 1960s, against the background of the changes of the times, various attempts were made to create new depictions that exceed the traditional “Shiseido Style.” These new challenges were sometimes called “Anti-Shiseido Style,” which gave a fresh surprise to customers and society, and at the same time, helped broaden the scope of new value creation.

This special exhibition showed you how Shiseido’s challenge to design and energy to innovate have helped make Shiseido’s tradition richer and create new values by displaying specific advertisement and promotional materials.