In coordination with Paris Fashion Week, Japanese-born, London-based milliner and jewelry designer, Maiko Takeda is presenting a solo exhibition at the Joyce Gallery.
Appropriately titled, Atmospheric Reentry, the exhibit showcases a collection of sculptural head and body pieces that transcend the traditional expectations of headwear by asking the question, “What would it feel like to wear a cloud?”
The fashion forward collection – created as Takeda’s final project for her MA Millinery from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London – was inspired by the mood and imagery of Robert Wilson’s 1976 Opera Einstein on the Beach. The futuristic and space age elements from the opera are epitomized in the shape, structure and overall aesthetic of the headwear. The handmade pieces are composed of clear acrylic disks, print acetate wedges and tinted color gradient film creating a luminous aura that surrounds the wearer.
As guests mingled and admired the collection during the opening reception, they were treated to a dancing display that showcased wearability of the pieces.
Takeda has made quite a name for herself since her graduation in 2013. Icelandic Rocker Björk asked her to design pieces for her recent Biophilia tour and at the request of the British Fashion Council, she subsequently developed a full SS14 collection to show during London Fashion Week.
Takeda graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA (Hons) Jewerly Design. She has previously worked for Issey Miyaki, and milliners, Stephen Jones and Phillip Treacy.
The exhibition runs through 22 March 2014.
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