5 Interesting Facts About Eiko Ishioka, The Japanese Graphic Designer
On July 12, 2017 Google Doodle commemorated Eiko Ishioka. Here are 5 interesting facts about her:
- Eiko Ishioka was a graphic designer born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo. Some of her most famous work include costumes for movies and for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, music videos and ad campaigns. She died on January 21, 2012.
- In 1993, she won the Oscar for Costume Design for Bram’s Stoker Dracula at the 65th Academy Awards.
- In a 2011 interview with PRI, Eiko Ishioka said that she was very frustrated that most American people who made movies about Japan focused on ninja, geisha and samurai. A notable exception is Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, for which she designed the costumes. The 1985 film is based on the life of Japanese writer and activist Yukio Mishima.
- She designed the cover for jazz musician Miles Davis’ album Tutu. She won the Grammy Award for Best Album Package in 1987.She also designed the costumes for the movie “The Cell”, starring Jennifer Lopez. When J.lo asked that one of the headpieces she had to wear be made more comfortable, Ms. Ishioka said ‘No, you’re supposed to be tortured.’
- Eiko Ishioka directed the music video for Björk’s song Cocoon. In the video, Björk wears a tight body suit that makes her appear to be naked, and red thread comes out of her nipples. The video was banned from prime-time MTV.She also designed the costumers for Grace Jones’ Hurricane tour.