Akira Isogawa

2012-Introduction to Runway Production course

Akira is one of Australia’s most celebrated designers. He has achieved international recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs, which are sought after in every major fashion capital throughout the world. Born in Kyoto Japan, Akira moved to Australia in 1986 where he studied fashion design at the Sydney Institute of Technology. Drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design, his work has been warmly received by fashion critics, drawing favourable reviews from leading figures such as Anna Piaggi, and media including The New York Times and US Vogue.

Since 1998, Akira has shown his collections in Paris, where he presents Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections to international buyers each year. In 2005 he was honoured by Australia Post and named an Australian Legend – his image appearing on a commemorative postage stamp.

Akira’s work has been fondly embraced by the Australian arts sector. In 2004/05 Akira Isogawa, Printemps Été opened at the National Gallery of Victoria – the first solo fashion and textiles exhibition by an Australian fashion designer to be presented at a major national or state institution (and still currently on tour in Asia). In 2003 Sydney Festival staged an exhibition of his garment construction techniques at Object Gallery, creating the most successful show in the gallery’s history. Akira has also been invited to exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and twice has been included in the Powerhouse Museum’s Fashion of the Year retrospective.

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