A true visionary visual artist Eiko Ishioka has created the most marvelous works of our time. She won Academy Award, Cannes Film Festival Award, Grammy and Tony nomination. Her breathtaking works as a costume designer in Brams Stoker’s Dracula and Cell were so remarkably brought the amazing visual for the films.
"Like all great artists in the world, Eiko understands what's going on in other cultures besides her own, and by immersing herself in them; she is able to create works that are unique blends. Her work transcends boundaries on many levels, since she refuses to stick to one particular medium or set convention,”... Francis Ford Coppola.
She also won some of the most prestigious art direction and graphic design awards in her native Japan. Eiko Ishioka was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied design at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In the 1960, as a graphic designer in the advertising department of major Japanese firms, she attracted national attention by her talent and spirit of innovation and won numerous prizes, including gold medal from the Tokyo Art Director Club and Mainichi Design Award. In the 70s she changed the landscape of advertising art in Japan by showing them thru mass media the transformation of society from a traditional culture into a modern global force.
Eiko ‘s long list of credits includes 1985 Cannes Film Festival Award for Artistic Contribution for her production design of Paul Schrader’s film Mishima, a Tony Award nomination for the stage and costume design of the Broadway play "M. Butterfly," and a Grammy Award for the art work for Miles Davis’ "Tutu" album, to name just a few. Most recently, she brought her creative sensibilities to bear on the conservative opera world with her costume design for Richard Wagner’s "Ring Cycle," at the Netherlands National Opera. One of Eiko's most famous works is that of Cirque du Soleil Varekai. She also directed Bjork’s music video “Cocoon”.
Her work is included in the permanent collection of museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1992 she was selected to be a member of the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.