Due to the popularity of Japan Fashion Now – the first exhibition to explore contemporary Japanese fashion in all its radical creativity, from designer fashion to street style, including menswear – The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) will extend the exhibition through April 2, 2011, three months longer than originally planned. "Japan continues to be on the cutting-edge – maybe even the bleeding edge – of fashion," says museum director and exhibition curator, Dr. Valerie Steele. "However, Japanese fashion today embraces not only the cerebral, avant-garde looks associated with the first wave of Japanese design in the 1980s but also a range of youth-oriented looks, such as Gothic Punk Lolita and Forest Girl styles. Some of the most interesting designers – including menswear designers – combine avant-garde and sub-cultural styles. Equally significant is the Japanese obsession (not too strong a word) with perfecting classic utilitarian garments, such as jeans and work wear."