interview | humility in fashion...


i'm honoured that akira isogawa without hesitation agreed to be interviewed for this weeks post on state of joy
i met akira in 2005 when working on his first rug collection for designer rugs. after nine months of working together, designer rugs has just launched akiras third collection of rugs 'hirameki' [meaning 'inspiration']. 
akiras work as a fashion designer, embodies beauty and femininity with influences from traditional eastern craftsmanship. the fabrics are inspired from vintage textiles and heavily embellished. what's old is new and the soft silhouettes make the wearer feel they are experiencing something truly special and unique. 
akira is a warm and engaging man, his eyes sparkle with enthusiasm and kindness. i thank him for allowing me to translate his vision into something unique for your interior...



what do you do? 
i design and produce collection of contemporary clothes for women. 

how did you start out? 
after studying at tafe in east sydney, i got a sewing machine, cutting table and started making clothes at home.

what are you working on right now? 
i am working on a new collection which will be shown in sydney, new york and paris in september/october'12.

what’s the best advice you’ve been given? 
follow your own intuition.

what inspires you? 
i am inspired by textiles, often vintage and meeting with artisans who practise traditional way of making their own crafts. my work allows me to travel and it is exciting to discover something unexpected. 

what’s on the cards for the year ahead? 
continue creating contemporary fashion for women and being inspired.

where can we see your work? 
you can see my work in akira boutiques in sydney, melbourne, brisbane as well as at david jones nationally. internationally, the cross in london, biffi in milan, cara & co in moscow, club 21 in singapore and etc. etc... akira.com.au

below are examples of the stunning new collection of rugs with the fabric and designs that has inspired the creations...
rug: shibori round | dress: 220/A120128 rectangular v-neck dress
rug: batik ubud | dress: 150/A11460 spiral shibori tunic 
rug: ayame round | dress: 115/F01414 cowl neck tulle dress + 135/F09078A reversible coat
rug: kiku | dress: 135/A01400 draped tucked neck dress
rugs are available through designer rugs.
[photography by geoff sumner | look book images via akira]