Akira Isogawa is an internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer whose distinctive style has been a fixture of contemporary couture for over 25 years. The Powerhouse Museum is honouring his contribution to fashion with an exhibition highlighting the influences and personal history that helped make a global brand.
Isogawa has donated many of the items in the exhibition from his own archived collection. The four chapters – Journey, Kimono, Collaborations, and Craftsmanship – spotlight different aspects of the designer’s career including a timeline of his successes, the signature kimono influence in his designs, the people he has worked with, and the utter skill and genius behind his craft.
Born in Japan in 1964, and displaying natural creative talent at a young age, Isogawa emigrated to Australia at age 21 and enrolled into East Sydney Technical College to study fashion. His designs instinctively integrated the soft, free-flowing, Japanese style with the casual lifestyle feel of Australian couture. Isogawa was very interested in textile design, preferring natural fibres and bold prints. In 1993 he opened a store in Woollahra and by the late 1990s, his label, Akira, was known and loved nationally and around the world.
To complement the Akira Isogawa exhibition there will be a limited number of additional events including:
– floor talks between Isogawa and MAAS Senior Curator Roger Leong.
– an introduction to embroidery with textiles expert, academic and practitioner Mary Brown, drawing on techniques and themes in the exhibition.
– an introduction to heat-set Shibori by Pepa and Karen from design studio Shibori, drawing on techniques and themes in the exhibition.
All events must be booked and paid for separately.
Akira Isogawa is on until June 2019.
For full details visit: maas.museum

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