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2000/110/1 Outfit, comprising a dress and shoes (pair), womens, cotton/ glass beads/ silk/ leather, dress designed and made by Akira Isogawa in Australia, beaded panel designed and made in Indonesia, shoes made by Selby Shoes in Australia, 1999. Click to enlarge.

Outfit by Akira Isogawa

Designed
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most innovative and successful fashion designers. He is best known for his distinctive east-west fusion clothes mixing traditional Japanese and Asian textiles and forms, with influences from historical and contemporary European fashion. Under his label 'Akira Isogawa' he retails through his own boutique in Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney, department store, David Jones as well as some of the world's top stores including Browns in London, Barney's, New York and Club 21 in Singapore. His collections regularly receive critical acclaim at Mercedes Australian Fashion week (Australia's major fashion event presenting Australian, New Zealand and Asian designer collections before local and international media and buyers). In 1998 Isogawa was one of the finalists selected in the 'Object design' category of 'The 1998 Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards' presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. In the same year he was invited to design the costumes for the Sydney Dance Company's production 'Salome'. In 1999 he was named Australian Designer of the Year at the Australian Fashion Industries Awards.

Isogawa was born in 1964 in Japan and came to Australia on a working holiday visa in 1986. He studied fashion design at East Sydney Tech and opened his own shop with his own label in 1993. His work is distinguished by his use of transparent fabrics, layering of garments, unusual combinations of textures and fabrics and his re-use of antique kimono fabrics and traditional Asian textiles.

Akira Isogawa is one of a handful of Australian based designers making their mark on the international market. Like compatriot Collette Dinnigan, Isogawa's international success can be traced to his distinctive signature style with pieces that feature unusual detailing, beatiful fabrics and hand worked embroidery and beading resulting in pieces that are collectable and treasured.

Isogawa presented this dress as part of his Spring/ Summer Collection for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 1999. The beading was inspired by traditional Javanese batik and beading, and was sourced through a workshop in Bali.

The dress evolved from the beaded panel, which Isogawa sought to combine with an unusual cut. He achieved this by moulding the fabric to the body and pleating it into an irregular bustle at the back.

Summary

Object No.

2000/110/1

Object Statement

Outfit, comprising a dress and shoes (pair), womens, cotton/ glass beads/ silk/ leather, dress designed and made by Akira Isogawa in Australia, beaded panel designed and made in Indonesia, shoes made by Selby Shoes in Australia, 1999

Physical Description

Outfit, womens, comprising a dress and a pair of shoes, cotton/ glass beads/ silk/ leather, dress designed and made by Akira Isogawa in Australia, beaded panel designed and made in Indonesia, shoes made by Selby Shoes in Australia, 1999.

Dress: tight fitting, mid calf length sheath dress made of cotton. The front is of yellow cotton with a colour printed design of a flowering tree with two birds alighting from branches and two bees buzzing around the flowers. The print is heavily beaded over with coloured glass beads and sequins. The back of cream cotton is cut and pieced together to create an asymmetrical train or bustle at proper left back. The proper right back is folded back and fastened in place with three clear plastic press studs to fit bodice and add to bustle effect. Narrow cream cotton shoulder straps cross over at back. Left back opening fastens with a cream nylon invisible zipper. Machine sewn and unlined.

Shoes: pair of flat slip on womens shoes with square toe made of fine grey fabric embroidered all over in an abstract floral design in red and pink. Flat thin soles and short stacked heels of red stained leather. Lined with beige leatherette and partial inner soles of red leatherette.

Marks

Dress: two black fabric labels inside proper left back 'akira', '2'. White fabric label at same place '100% cotton/ Do not wash/ Do not Bleach/ Do not Tumble/ Dry/ Cool Iron/ Dry-Clean Only/ Made in Australia'.
Shoes: small orange paper sticker inside each shoe '9b'. Impressed on soles '9/ MADE BY SELBY SHOES/ ALL LEATHER SOLE/ 9/ B'.

Production

Notes

Isogawa travels through Asia sourcing fabrics and meeting local craftspeople.The beaded panel on this dress was inspired by traditional Javanese batik and beading and was sourced by Isogawa through a workshop in Bali.

The dress evolved from the beaded panel which Isogawa sought to combine with a dress of unsusual cut. He achieved this by moulding the fabric to the body and pleating it into an irregular bustle at the back.

The beaded panel was made in Bali. The dress was made in Akira Isogawa's studio in Sydney.

This outfit was designed, made and used in 1999.

History

Notes

The dress was part of Akira Isogawa's catwalk collection for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 1999. It was worn again by a model for the Fashion of the Year photo shoot and for the parade held in conjunction with the announcement of the Powerhouse Museum Fashion of the Year selection.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Akira Isogawa, 1999 Part of the Grand Marnier/Powerhouse Museum, Fashion of the Year collection

Acquisition Date

29 September 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

Outfit by Akira Isogawa 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 November 2020, <https://ma.as/8118>

Wikipedia

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