This Japanese lady, pretty much has nothing left to prove…she has won everything you can think of, from an oscar, to a grammy, to a cannes award and all through the sheer force of the imagery she creates.
Born in Tokyo in 1939, she graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and over the course of her career, she has left her mark in a variety of artistic fields, winning acclaim as an art director and graphic designer, production and costume designer, and museum exhibit designer, among other things.
Her long list of accolades includes:
- the 1985 Cannes Film Festival Award for Artistic Contribution for her production design work on the Paul Schrader film Mishima;
- Tony nominations in 1988 for the sets and costumes of the play M. Butterfly;
- a Grammy Award in 1987 for the artwork on the Miles Davis album Tutu;
- the 1992 Academy Award for costume design for Bram Stoker’s Dracula
She has also designed costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” at the Netherlands National Opera, and Jennifer Lopez movie “The Cell”.
More recently, she was involved in the costume design of this year’s Olympics festivities and movie “The Fall” (I’d already mentioned this movie before, check the trailler out for some of her stunning visuals…I’ve seen this movie already and it’s a knockout visual feast!)
The Fall (2008)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
I’ve collected some links to shed some light on this remarkable woman’s work:
- Some graphical work and bio;
- The inner workings of her wardrobe for Dracula;
- An interview with Eisho about “The Cell”‘s wardrobe;
The great thing about her work, is that she does classical in a unique, almost twisted way, that just flows and oozes with personality, telling a story all by itself!
And since she does indeed like to have her hands on all the pies, she has also directed a music video for one of my favorite freakettes, Bjork: