Akira Isogawa is one of Australia"s most celebrated designers. He has achieved international recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs, which are sought after in every major fashion capital throughout the world. Since 1998, Akira has shown his collections in Paris, where he presents Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections to international buyers each year. Akira continues to maintain a strong presence in Sydney, where he has shown collections at Mercedes Australian Fashion Week every year since 1996. For the past decade the Akira boutique in Sydney has built a strong clientele spanning Australia"s most successful, individual and beautiful women.
In 1999, Akira was named Designer of the Year and Womenswear Designer of the Year at the Australian Fashion Industry Awards. In 2005 he was honoured by Australia Post and named an Australian Legend his image appearing on a commemorative postage stamp. Also in 2005 he was awarded Prix De marie claire Best Australian Designer. In 2006 Akira received the Award for Fashion Excellence at the National Retail Association Fashion Design Awards.
Akira"s work has been fondly embraced by the Australian arts sector in 2004/05 Akira Isogawa: Printemps Ete opened at the National Gallery of Victoria the first solo fashion and textiles exhibition by an Australian fashion designer to be presented at a major national or state institution (still currently on tour in Asia). In 2003 Sydney Festival staged an exhibition of his garment construction techniques at Object Gallery, creating the most successful show in the gallery"s history. Akira has also been invited to exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and twice has been included in the Powerhouse Museum"s Fashion of the Year retrospective.
He has designed costumes for four Sydney Dance Company productions Salome, Air & Other Invisible Forces, Ellipse, Grand and for the players in the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Kyoto Japan, Akira moved to Australia in 1986 where he studied fashion design at the Sydney Institute of Technology, drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design.
His work has been warmly received by fashion critics, drawing favourable reviews from leading figures such as Anna Piaggi and media including The New York Times and US Vogue.
Akira"s designs are available globally, at some of the world"s most famous stores.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo