Friday, October 17, 2008

Akira Isogawa - Le Artiste


As if I haven't raved about Akira enough, I just wanted to share this picture with you.  When I went to the Akira store at the GPO and bought my wedding dress, I saw this dress on the rack, and I literally gasped in awe of its beauty.  

Sadly this photo doesn't do the dress justice, and I can't find any others to show you, but it was truly breathtaking.  What the picture doesn't show you is that the dress was made of the most beautiful silk, which was finely pleated all around at the skirt, resembling an Oriental fan.  The birds and foliage were amazingly embroidered with the softest of silk threads, and the detail of each crane's feather was out-of-this-world.  Wistfully I had to leave it behind, as I had just purchased my wedding dress, and had an upcoming wedding to save up for.

Picture of a Chinese painting I am happily 'babysitting' for my parents (once again, the picture doesn't do it justice, but due to the reflective glass, was the best I could do) - click to enlarge

I joked with the lovely Akira SA Dana that I wished I could purchase that dress and hang it on my wall, as it was truly a work of art.

(Vogue Australia June 08)

Born in Kyoto Japan, Akira Isogawa moved to Australia in 1986 where he studied fashion design at the Sydney Institute of Technology, drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design.  His Philosophy below (taken from his website explains the beauty of his designs.  He is undoubtedly my favourite Australian designer.


“A garment can transcend, giving it a soul.

“I translate fabrics into soft and romantic silhouettes, using natural fabrics like silks and cottons, which are kind to the skin.

“Distressing fabrics and alchemically treating them, gives the feeling of already ‘being loved’, thus evoking emotion. Even one-off fabrics found in flea markets can be given new life.

“Richly embellished fabrics echo Eastern influences, and I have great respect for their traditions. Inspiration can be found from the past – re-using vintage textiles and sometimes creating replicas of them, incorporated with specific craftsmanship.

“The number of hours someone has spent on manual work like this makes it priceless.

“I see craftsmanship as an implement with which to realise one’s vision. Past, present and future; that slogan continues in almost everything around which my work evolves. Timeless beauty and femininity in my design is profound, in a way for the wearer to express their inner soul.”

— Akira Isogawa


  1. That dress is definatley a work of art, just beautiful!

    Oh YAY for your Vogue appearance!

  2. Absolutely agree- I have two very large Akira mixed prints (screenprinted on silk) that I've gotten framed as artworks and they are priceless. Just gorgeous!

  3. I'm actually surprised he hasn't hit new york or London fashion week, his work is just so incredible! And sigh* to the dress which i will only encounter in my dreams, its stunning

  4. beverly, wow, would love to see pics! Am so jealous! Wish I could've gone to his 'sample/fabric' sales I always miss...

    Madame Dior - Akira shows at Paris Fashion Week, and has for quite a few years now, he is well received in the USA & Europe...

    Diamondsinchampagne - hehe, thanks!
    I was so excited when I 'appeared' in June Vogue, but super-silly-schoolgirl-excited when I appeared again in September Vogue, and won a year's subscription! One less magazine to buy each month, hehe...I buy way too many, eeps!

  5. the blue dress looks much better on you than on the model, and the photo with the pink coat is really pretty!

    also, COOL SHOES!
    i'm pretty much obsessed with black heels at the moment.

  6. Hi dear, interesting blog and love your style :)
    The dress is lovely too; can really see the contemporary japanese influence in his work.

  7. oh, i posted a message, but it seems you didn't receive it :(
    i had said the dress on the picture is beautiful, so i guess it's wonderful when you see it for real !!!

  8. That dress is so stunning. I always see things like this and sigh and say "one day..." As in, one day when I'm not a broke college student. :)

  9. Emilie - Merci beaucoup, I checked your blog, and sacre blue, you are absolutely gorgeous & cute! Surprisingly, I don't have that many black pairs of shoes, I think about 8...

    joii - I totally agree with you, and in a way, I see more Japanese elements in his designs than many Japanese designers residing/designing in Japan. Akira sources so many amazing fabrics from Japan!

    DYDWD - I SO wish I had taken a picture of the dress in the store!

    the clothes horse - I totally hear you! Don't worry, you won't be a student forever, and judging by your talent, I'm sure you will be buying whatever you wish after that! ;)

  10. Gorgeous dress! You have an interesting blog here :)