Last season, Emilio Pucci announced that they will be producing capsule collections in collaboration with young design talents (Parisian designer, Christelle Kocher, of Koché, guest designed their AW20 collection). Next up: 2020 LVMH prize joint winner from Japan, Tomo Koizumi. The collection will be unveiled September 26 during Milan Fashion Week.
After super-stylist Katie Grand discovered Koizumi’s works on Instagram, she proposed that he come to show his rainbow fantasy gowns at her friend, and long-time collaborator, Marc Jacobs’ Madison Avenue store during New York Fashion week for AW19. Cue: one of the most talked about shows of the seasons. Last year, two of his designs were also featured in thes Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
You won’t find Tomo Koizumi’s voluminous pieces in stores. He is not interested in creating for retailers. Instead, he prefers to produce one of a kind creations. Star-studded clientele includes: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
Most of Koizumi’s colourful hand-sewn designs are made from his favourite fabric, a tulle-like Japanese polyester organza. How does he choose colours? Tomo likes to refer to his childhood memories; often drawing inspiration from his favourite manga series Sailor Moon, colourful Harajuku neighbourhood and artificial flowers his mother used to work with.
Tomo Koizumi has no formal fashion training. He studied fine arts in his hometown Chiba (close to Tokyo), but has always had a passion for fashion, getting his hands on every fashion magazine he could. After seeing John Galliano’s ball gowns for Dior, he taught himself to sew. He launched his own brand in Tokyo in 2011 working as a costume artist assistant, before his works were discovered on the ‘gram.
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