Meet The Designer Akira Isogawa

Soft draping, neutral tones contrasted with bolder colour palettes and simple silhouettes perhaps best describe designer Akira Isogawa’s signature Autumn 12 looks. The Australian based designer has been making his mark on the world of fashion since 1993 when he opened the doors of his first solo clothing boutique. Since then the rest is all history…

It would be fair to say that Akira has a wealth of experience in his field, opting to move away from his Kyoto roots to Australia, where he studied Fashion Design at the prestigious Sydney Institute. It was here that he was able to hone his creative talent and perfect his craft as a designer. Although Australian culture may have been worlds away from his native heritage, Akira paid tribute to his origins by drawing on Japanese inspiration with a contemporary and unique twist.

His success can be measured by the plethora of awards he has received; including Womenswear Designer of the Year and another for Fashion Excellence giving him some serious kudos as a designer. Akira chooses to showcases his talents in Paris, arguably one of the greatest fashion capitals in the world, to buyers and the fashion savvy elite. He also remains a regular at Australia Fashion Week, where his resort collection has made an appearance since 1996…

To Akira, his work stretches beyond the world of glossy catwalk shows, taking a more artistic stance. His creations were shown in an Austrailian exhibition titled “Akira Isogawa: Printemps Ete”. This was his first solo arts and textiles gallery show which focused on garment construction techniques . Being a hit in his adopted homeland the show moved onto Singapore, Manila and Bangkok.

Evidently more than just a passion, design appears to have transformed itself into a lifestyle choice for Akira. Adding yet another string to his already accomplished bow, Isogawa can also be credited as the design talent behind costumes for dance productions, the most famous being the Australian ballet’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet at the world renowned Sydney Opera House.

While he remains largely Australian based, Akira’s collections are slowly making their way over to the UK. Browns on South Molton Street, London and The Cross, have both stocked his range, while his increasing popularity undoubtedly ensures that this won’t be the last we see of him.

Still sceptical? Check out his website and see for yourself what exactly is on offer…



Image: Akira.com

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