Maiko Takeda’s Abstract Adornments

Japanese designer Maiko Takeda has recently been receiving some well deserved love in the mainstream press for her headdress design that  Bjork wore on her Biophilia tour.  As expected, the the queen of music delivered  a “next level” sartorial expression rocking exaggerated wigs and Iris Van Herpen dresses. Yet nothing seemed to inspire as much wow as Takeda’s spikey head bubble that resembled an exploding crystal.

Logic, geometry and space all form the common denominator in Takeda’s pieces. She explains her designs like an artist describes their theories. “Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of [my] work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.”

Maiko Takeda, Atmospheric Collection 2013

Maiko Takeda, Atmospheric Collection 2013

The piece that was designed for Biophilia, is only a taste from the designer’s 2013  Atmospheric Reentry Collection and a powerful follow-up to her 2009-2010 Cinematography Collection that transforms shadows into adornment.

Maiko Takeda, Cinematography Collection 2009-2010

Maiko Takeda, Cinematography Collection 2009-2010

Maiko Takedo comes from the ilk of fashion designers that present their collections via gallery exhibitions or performative art collaborations as opposed to traditional runway.  She sites contemporary theater and performance art as big inspirations for her designs.

Maiko Takeda, Camera Obscura 2010

Maiko Takeda, Camera Obscura 2010

It comes as no surprise that she received her BA in Jewelry Design at the progressive Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and tops it with a current Master’s program at the illustrious Royal Academy of Art in Belgium.

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