Acclaimed Australian designer Akira Isogawa has joined creative forces with The Australian Ballet to design the costumes for Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet, which will be broadcast live on STUDIO this month.
In this STUDIO ArtBreak, go behind the scenes into the cutting room to see the making of these incredible costumes. With over 150 unique designs for 68 dancers, Akira has taken a new approach to a loved tragedy. From customised sequins to handmade headpieces that will take your breath away, Akira’s costume designs are unique as he manages to meld fashion design with choreography.
“I get inspired by movement … [and] it is in my nature, to feel the movement of the textile,” he says. “I guess I am choreographing the textile.”
Akira has collaborated with Graeme Murphy before, including works for the Sydney Dance Company, however this is his first work for The Australian Ballet, and his first time working on a production of this size. The designer moved to Australia in 1986 from Japan. He studied fashion design at the Sydney Institute of Technology and then went on to open a boutique store in Sydney. By 1998 Akira was showing his collections in Paris, and is now one of the most sought after designers in the world.
His designs now take centre stage in the world television premiere of Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet, broadcast live on STUDIO on Wednesday September 21 at 8pm.