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Friday, September 6, 2013

A little tribute to the late great: Eiko Ishioka

 Eiko Ishioka is one of the most undeniably talented and most remembered costume designer of our generation. She designed costumes for films such as Mirror Mirror, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Cell, and Immortals. Ishioka also participated in designing for the opening ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She also had customized garments made for legendary performers such as Grace Jones and Bjork. It's a shame that over a year ago, she passed away and she hasn't gotten the recognition as one of the most well rounded costume designers of all time. I believe that fashion and costumes have a particular effect of the portrayal of any specific character in a role. I don't particularly care for subtlety in costumes because as a fashion hungry designer, I live for details and construction. Plus it gives other people perspective on the intricacy and time put into making such outlandish and exaggerated designs.

Famous Muscle Body Suit from The Cell

Mirror Mirror

The Cell

Stunning Hand painted Kimono

The Cell

On the left: Eiko designed for the musical, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark

This costume will forever be one of the my greatest inspirations as a designer.

Grace Jones in one of her many outlandish looks designed by Eiko.

One of my favorite looks from Eiko's archive.

Mirror Mirror gown worn by Julia Roberts

Yellow Cape worn by Lily Collins

Mirror Mirror Peacock gown 

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