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Akira Isogawa

Akira Isogawa Australian Museum of Design

Photograph by Riste Andrievski

Akira Isogawa Australian Museum of Design
Akira Isogawa Australian Museum of Design

Akira Isogawa

The Australian Museum of Design ‘AMoD’ proudly announces a remarkable new collaboration with Akira Isogawa, one of Australia’s most iconic and celebrated fashion designers. Akira has graciously joined forces with AMoD to present a specially curated collection of his distinguished designs, offering an immersive experience into his creative world.

AMoD is set to scan and digitise a handpicked selection of Akira’s renowned designs, making them a permanent feature of our expansive library. This initiative not only preserves Akira’s legacy but also provides an invaluable resource for design enthusiasts and students alike.
Akira Isogawa took part in a special event commemorating Australian designer David K Miles at the Australian Museum of Design (AMoD) studio in St Peters, Sydney, where he hand screen printed his own artwork of ‘Japanese Ladies’.

“When I heard about the collection I thought it was amazing,” Isogawa said. “Now that I am here and can physically experience it, I see the history; it is priceless.”

Isogawa had the opportunity to hand screen print one of Miles’ designs called Japanese Ladies.

“I have just printed a masterpiece,” Isogawa said. “I feel quite emotional. I thank Margaux for her vision and commitment. I encourage everyone to share in this journey.”

In a celebration of Akira’s artistry, AMoD will also unveil a limited edition art collection, encapsulating the exquisite detail and beauty of embroidery that has become synonymous with the Akira brand. This collection will serve as a testament to the intricate craftsmanship and innovative spirit that Akira embodies.

Akira’s journey in the fashion industry is marked by his longstanding relationship with the prestigious Paris fashion scene, where he first showcased his collection in 1998. His designs have garnered international acclaim, featuring in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s 2020 exhibition “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk,” which is currently touring Europe. Furthermore, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney honoured Akira with a retrospective of his work in 2018-19, celebrating his significant contributions to fashion.

His engagement with AMoD coincides with his role at the University of Technology Sydney “UTS”, where he now serves as a research supervisor. At UTS, Akira imparts his vast knowledge to PhD students, guiding them in practice-based research projects in fashion. His areas of expertise span across fashion design, technology, history, and sustainability.

Akira’s involvement with UTS as a research supervisor is lauded by Associate Professor Toby Slade, who recognises the unique opportunity for graduate research students to receive mentorship from a designer of such legendary status. Akira’s dedication to the UTS fashion program, especially to honours students, is well-established, and his new role allows him to contribute his lifetime of experience to guide ground breaking research in the field.

Born in Kyoto in 1964, Akira moved to Australia at 21 and studied fashion at the East Sydney Technical College. His understanding of both contemporary and historical Japanese designs deeply influences his work, leading to the launch of his first collection in 1994.

Akira’s collaboration with AMoD and his ongoing commitment to the industry, encapsulate his role as a pivotal figure in fashion, continuing to inspire innovation and excellence in design.

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