The name Eiko Ishioka may not be instantly recognizable, but the aesthetic of her work should be. The talented, Oscar-winning costume designer succumbed to pancreatic cancer in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 73 in late January, but she will be remembered for her innovative and dramatic designs.
Ishioka earned an Academy Award for Costume Design in 1992 from Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and she has created memorable costumes for director Tarsem Singh in films like The Cell, The Fall, Immortals, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror.
TheeMigs posted, “The costumes from Bram Stroker's Dracula have got to be some of my favorites I've ever seen… such amazing attention to detail and time period. Eiko will be sorely missed.”
Scenes from Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Fall
Spike413 wrote, “She was absolutely brilliant. Most of the reason I forced myself to sit through the The Cell was to see her work, which was absolutely breathtaking. I also loved her work for Dracula and The Fall. Such a loss to film, to fashion and to art in general.”
Opening Ceremonies for the summer 2008 Olympics in Beijing
In addition to her film work, Ishioka has a history of uniform and costume design for the Olympics, and costume design for performers such a Grace Jones and Bjork. Her creativity will surely be missed, but it’s a small comfort to know that we’ll be able to enjoy her new work in Mirror, Mirror. Click here to view the trailer and marvel at the beautifully intricate costumes.
Grace Jones Hurricane Tour
Images from the upcoming Mirror, Mirror
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