Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Remembering the Genius of Eiko Ishioka

I was saddened to learn that my favorite costume designer, Eiko Ishioka, passed away last month after a battle with cancer.

She was the sole costumer that was able to collaborate with the visionary director Tarsem, whose scrumptiously eye-sweet films include "The Cell", "The Fall" and the eagerly anticipated (by me) "Mirror, Mirror".

This is a little tribute to her genius.

Here are some costumes from "The Fall", in which the characters' costumes are filtered through a little immigrant girl's mind, becoming convoluted and confused; she dresses the "indian" in the story as a sihk (pulling from her own references), when the story teller is imagining an old west version. The film also features Tarsem's signature surrealistically idyllic landscapes and sets.

Costumes from the film "The Cell":


From the film "The Immortals":


From the film "Mirror, Mirror":


From Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula":





1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this tribute.
    I love Eiko's work also.
    The Fall is visually mind-boggling.
    And her costumes in The Cell are spectacular. Especially when Ms Lopez goes into the killer's mind. One entire enormous room, draped with fabric attached to his back with pierced rings and unfurls as he comes forward.
    So scary! So genius! So Eiko!
    I cherish her book.
    She will be missed.

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