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
Stunning Hand painted Kimono
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
Hello, Kittens! My name is KIKA. I am 21 years old. A recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology. And I have officially become a Free Lance Fashion Designer. Like many designers, I see the world through various perspectives and I am greatly inspired by many things. Other than the trends and the history of fashion, I fancy video games, art and cutesy stuff that brings me back to a nostalgic era where looking through rose colored glasses was my motto of life. I am working on developing my brand to make it as close to how I want it to be in my dreams.
I design for women who aren’t afraid of their style or personality. A woman should be proud of where she came from, but who she is now. I am obsessed with color and subtlety and minimalism is just not me. Maybe for others, but I believe you can walk into a room and bring attention to others with out saying a thing. The social butterfly, the dinner party enthusiast and museum aficionado are the kind of women I am inspired by.
I do custom garments for any occasion. Please email me at Designsbykika@gmail.com for any requests or inquiries.