Eiko Ishioka 1939 – 2012
This month we lost of one the greatest costume designers ever to come out of Japan, her name is Eiko Ishioka. Eiko, being born in Tokyo 1939 was an Oscar-winning costume designer, known for her work in stage, screen, advertising, and print media, and has been called “Japan’s leading art director and graphic designer.”
Ishioka’s awards include the 1985 Cannes Film Festival Award for Artistic Contribution for her production design of Paul Schrader’s film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, a 1987 Grammy Award for the artwork for Miles Davis’ album Tutu, two 1988 Tony Award nominations for the stage and costume design of the Broadway play M. Butterfly, and a 1992 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
She also directed the music video for Björk’s “Cocoon” in 2002, and designed costumes for the “Hurricane” tour of singer Grace Jones in 2009. Eiko was also the costume designer for the Beijing-2008 Olympics.
Her impact on the industries she worked in is simply indescribable. She was clearly an inspiration to designers around the world and her works will live on in film forever. Take a look at our photo gallery for some of her most impressive works.