“I wanted to create something like a cloud on the head”

– Maiko Takeda –

Is this photography? Art? Fashion? Millinery? Jewellery? Design?

All of the above!

Early this summer, Maiko Takeda presented her millinery collection,
Atmospheric Reentry, as her final graduation show for her M.A in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. The Tokyo-born, London-based designer who, prior to this had studied Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, created striking architectural headpieces, visors and body armours, all painstakingly hand-composed of thousands of printed-acetate wedges, bristles, transparent plastic spikes, acrylic disks and jump rings, all tinted with colour gradients.

 “While hats are commonly made with substantial and durable materials such as fabric, felt, plastic, leather so on, instead I wanted to create ethereal experiences for the wearer through the pieces” says Takeda.

Whether you see in Takeda’s creations futuristic snood-like caps, spiky sea cucumbers, porcupine quills, iridescent fish scales, surreal creatures, psychedelic hedgehogs or scintillating caterpillars with miniature London’s The Shard buildings on their backs, they never shy away from having an impact or being dramatic and don’t go unnoticed. They certainly impressed Björk who, after seeing some of Takeda’s adornments on a fashion blog, decided to commission her and wear her pieces on stage for her Biophilia tour this year. You would be quite hard-pressed to find a better celebrity endorsement!

Takeda can also credit working for luminaries of the fashion world such as Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon. Rather impressive I must say and another sign that Takeda is on the right trajectory as a young, new and vibrant artist.


After being inspired by Philip Glass’ minimalist opera “Einstein on the Beach” in 1992, Adeka wanted “to create surreal, subtle dramas around the person wearing my piece and the people near them”, she observes. “I imagine the people who wear my pieces want to experience or share surreal moments in their daily lives, at a party or in the privacy of their own home. I want my pieces to give people those magical experiences”

Quoting “Logic + Geometry + Space” as forming her common denominator, Adeka’s playful and otherworldly creations take on different dimensions depending on the environment; natural or artificial, her delicate and fragile-looking pieces react differently to the light, wind, gravity or colours that surround them.

On or around the head, wrapping the whole body, part of it or just the wrist and the hand, her ephemeral and surrealist work of art transcends the traditional expectations of her subjects and create an experience of wonder and bewilderment.

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Could these become Grace Jones’s new adornments or even the fascinators
de rigueur at Ascot next year? 

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Atmospheric Reentry can be seen at the Faceless Part II exhibition, at the Vienna MuseumsQuartier until November, 24.


  • Redloh House Fabrics

    How incredibly beautiful and delicate they are and so inspired. Thank you for introducing me to

    October 24, 2013
    • fabricebana

      Always a pleasure! glad you are inspired! I was too , and blown away when I saw her work, STUNNING!

      October 24, 2013
  • su pecha

    Moved to say these are truly fabulous, original and inspired. I am sitting at my desk with a smile of sheer joy.

    November 1, 2013

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