Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Hair & Makeup NORBERT CHEMINEL
Model ALICIA @ m4 models
Interview SHUNSUKE OKABE
Titel SALVATORE FERREGAMO SF705S
Maiko Takeda’s taste for the unconventional has led her to pursue sculptural forms of ethereal adornment, combining her skills as a jewelry designer and milliner. Her avant-garde headpiece compliments the future-focused eyewear created by Linda Farrow for Kokon To Zai’s Autumn-Winter 2014 collection.
A Graduate of jewelry design at Central Saint Martins with a Masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art in London, Maiko Takeda has created two major collections so far, including her graduate presentation called “Atmospheric Reentry.” For this collection, she created a series of face masks covered with thorns of sheer iridescent films that seem to defy gravity.
The sensational collection created quite a stir, catching the attention of Björk, who asked her to collaborate on costumes for the tour from her latest album “Biophilia.”
“I could not believe it!” Maiko recalls the moment when she was contacted by the artist’s manager. And as for seeing her designs come to life on stage she says,“Björk is such an inspiring person and I’ve always admired her. It was so encouraging for me to see my work being worn by her on stage.”
The daring designer has since collaborated with fashion label Lamarck at the 2014 Fall Winter Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, and been featured in a number of editorials in magazines such as Vogue, Numero, i-D, Dazed and Confused, Wallpaper and Love Magazine, just to name a few. And then in June of this year, she received the Vogue Talents Award for accessories at the ITS fashion competition in Trieste.
“My interest lies in creating ethereal adornments for the body. It is important for me that it can be worn and also is experiential,” Maiko explains her own creative approach to accessory design. “I feel it is only complete when interacting with the movement of the wearer as well as with elements in her surrounding environment, such as wind and light,” she adds.
While Maiko continues to develop her own brand, she also contributes to the renowned Issey Miyake studio. “I very much enjoy working in an environment where the brand is always seeking to invent new, magical excitements through clothes and accessories. I’ve been thinking about a lot of new inspirations these days and it’s really exciting.”
Maiko’s boundary-breaking accessories make a bold statement with a range of fashion-forward glasses from KTZ and Fendi to Dior and Barton Perreira.