Japanese fashion industry is among the most popular fashion industries across the globe. A notable feature of the Japanese fashion industry is its frequent tryst with bizarre, creative ideas that have grabbed eyeballs.

All the success of the fashion industry is attributable to its designers who have, with their hard work and perseverance, managed to attain bright spots among international fashion designers. They have introduced into Japan a new of development, and, hence, their contribution is invaluable.

In this article, we have shortlisted five Japanese fashion designers about whom everyone should know about.

Five Japanese Fashion Designers you should know

1. LimiFeu

LimiFeu made her debut in the year 2000, exhibiting her designs at the coveted Tokyo Fashion Week, and, eventually, reserving a spot at Paris Fashion Week in the year 2007.

A prodigy of a successful Japanese fashion designer, Yohji Yamamoto, her designs features asymmetrical hemming, dark color palettes, and layering.Unlike her father, she comes up with designs suitable for all types of women.

A characteristic style of LimiFeu is her employment of unconventional models such as tattooed women, pregnant women, etc. Thus, she resonates strongly in the sphere of women upliftment.

2. Nicola Formichetti

Most of the people know him as a former stylist of Lady Gaga, but he has done more than just that. He is presently the artistic director of the famous Diesel company, fashion director for Vogue Hommes Japan, and contributing editor of various mainstream fashion magazines.

His designs combine inspiration from various lands—places where Nicola was raised—particularly Japan, England, and Italy. He focuses mainly on designs similar to Lady Gaga’s, though he does work on street fashion as well.

3. Tae Ashida

Tae Shida is the daughter of the legendary fashion designer, Jun Ashida and has established herself as one of the most sought-after, reputable fashion designers in Japan and beyond.

She comes up with ready-to-wear clothing lines which are elegant and attractive. Her designs are graphic and slender and usually incorporate cross-gender ideas.

A number of original items are her brainchildren such as Leather pats that are accessories worn on arms or legs.

4. Yoshio Kubo

Before venturing into mainstream Japanese fashion industry, Yoshio Kubo served as an assistant designer to Robert Danes in New York. He returned to Japan in 2009 and launched his eponymous label that went on to become a huge success.

Most of his earliest creations were influenced by Los Angeles’ gangland style, showcasing aquamarine colors and sporty bandanas. He is known for his eccentric display of models, such as with bizarre hairstyle or makeup designs.

5. Yu Amatsu

Yu Amatsu studied in Tokyo, but later moved to New York in the year 2004 where he worked as a pattern maker for fashion brands such as Jen Jao and Marc Jacobs.

He eventually launched his own brand—A Degree Fahrenheit—in the year 2010 that focuses on wearable designs, featuring unusual silhouettes, intricate details, and creative draping.

Recently, he has entered into a partnership with Japanese fashion designer, Hanae Mori, to introduce the brand from a fresh, young perspective.


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