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She, as a thriver in Tokyo, conveys a powerful sense of city and tells how she’s developed a strong personal taste with her bold-elegant work.
The Japan-native designer Maiko Kurogouchi founded Kurogouchi Design Office in Tokyo to launch her own label mame in 2010 after her early work life at Issey Miyake’s office where she worked as a creative director for Miyake’s Paris runway collection.
Found her life-long passion and desire for women’s clothing design at a young age, she received the prize of Best Japanese designer 2005 at Jeunes Createurs de Mode held in Paris.
“The things I learned in some roles at Issey Miyake’s office come through in my work even now such as a strong work ethic and high standard,” said Kurogouchi. “Also, my creative expression, which used to stick to DECORATING, was totally changed. I loved the change like learning the beauty of simplicity and logic in clothing design from Miyake’s style, which are basically the opposite of my own style.” In fact, mame‘s style connotes the combination of complexity and simplicity—you can see how much she is conscious of creating a wardrobe with a solid understanding of female anatomy in the details, especially from the wise-wide use of materials.
Apart from the clothing designs, she’s created accessories made of polyvinyl chloride since the brand launch. They are like futuristic glass art and truly leave a lasting impression.
*All photos coutesy of mame
© Kurogouchi Design Office, Photograph by Motohiko Hasui (FEMME)
Stare at the bold-elegant work, you would endlessly call it beautiful and feel mame‘s aesthetics and playful mind.
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