In January of this year the great Japanese artist, creator of gorgeous, surreal and fantastical costumes died. Her name is Eiko Ishioka, in my opinion one of the most creative and inspirational costume designers to have graced planet Earth. I was intending on doing a blog post on the day she died but got side tracked.
Last night at the 2012 Oscar show the Academy choose to snub her in their “In Memoriam” slide show. Given that they used a clip of Bram Strokers Dracula in a presentation, has worked on a number of blockbuster films AND won an Academy Award for her work in Bram Strokers Dracula it appears to be either a deliberate snub or major faux pas.
Besides her contribution in film she also created costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” (2002), the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and singer Grace Jones. Her most recent work can be seen in a new film Mirror, Mirror by one of her most regular collaborators Tarsem Singhs.