You might not know the name Eiko Ishioka--but you've more than likely seen her designs. The costume designer, who passed away in January of this year, has had a prolific and fascinating career, and Eric Wilson pays tribute to her in today's New York Times. Ishioka's final work would be for the upcoming film Mirror Mirror, and, as Wilson points out, movie goers will be as wowed by the clothes as they will the film itself.
Her works range from costume design to music videos, and her costumes have inspired many of our favorite fashion designers, including Alexander McQueen and Viktor and Rolf. She won a Grammy award, two Tony awards, and an Oscar, a feat many actors would kill to achieve. Her clothes have appeared in museums, on stage for both Broadway and operas, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In other words, she accomplished a great deal during her career, and we had a lot of fun looking back at some of her most iconic designs.
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Ishioka's costume designs were among the few things that went right in this 1992 film adaptation of Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola. (Seriously, we get it was the 90s, but who's idea was it to cast Keanu Reeves?) Ishioka would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design that year for the film. Lucy's vampiric wedding gown has since become iconic and inspired dozens of designers.
Starring Jennifer Lopez, Tarsem Singh made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller The Cell in 2000. Ishioka was the costumer designer for this film, where she infamously insisted Lopez wear an uncomfortable headdress for a scene in which she played a sex slave. Singh would remain loyal to her, having her design for each of his films until her death in 2012.
Cirque du Soleil approached Ishioka to design costumes for their 2002 production Varekai, based loosely on the Greek drama of Icarus. There are over 130 costumes for the production comprised of over 600 elements, which require an estimated 250 hours a week to maintain.
Another Singh directed film, The Fall focuses on a 1920s stuntman and a story he concocts to win over a young woman. Much of the film takes place in the young lady's imagination, allowing Ishioka great creative license over the costume designs.
Ishioka designed the costumes for Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo, a 2007 Spanish film directed by Ray Loriga, based on the life of Spain's Saint Teresa.
Ishioka is not just known for her film costumes. In 1987, she won a Grammy award for the design of Miles Davis' album Tutu (left), and in 2002 directed Björk's music video Cocoon (right).
Ishioka also designed the costumes for the inimitable Grace Jone's 2009 "Hurricane" tour. The costumes are a great example of Ishioka's preference for the color red, and for wild headdresses and headpieces.
In 2011, Singh released the film The Immortals. Though the film received mixed reception, Ishioka's costumes were as over the top and intricate as always.
Mirror, Mirror would be Ishioka's final film. The Snow White based film, starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts, will hit theaters tomorrow. It is a fitting tribute to Ishioka's designs, with a stunning Giles-eqsue swan headpiece and rich satin gowns.