PRICKLY SUBJECT: MAIKO TAKEDA





 “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.









BIRDS OF A FEATHER



 



The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wings

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou –

 



On a wet and gloomy day, A-Gent of Style was looking for colourful and uplifting images on Pinterest. Here is the result.

Mother Nature’s feathery creations taken from their wild, natural habitat, brimming with a vivid fusion of colours and patterns but also expressions, artifice and even affectation, who seem to have flown straight out of a child’s colouring book or been Photoshopped. A little bird told me that this, ahem, unruffled spectacle could provide inspiring colour combinations for scheming interiors.










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DOMINO IS BACK



 


Four years ago, our most cherished airy-fairy world of design was shattered by the parting of the brilliant American magazine Domino, which left some of us bereft.
But like the phoenix rising from its ashes, Domino is now back, this time led by Editor-in-Chief Michelle Adams who recently left the online Lonny magazine, which she founded a few years ago. Domino is even more resplendent and invigorating than its predecessor with its daily fix of design inpiration and sourcing. There are new exciting features, one of them being that you can purchase almost anything you see in the magazine. So that’s A-Gent of Style’s Christmas Gift List officially open.

Welcome back Domino, you’ve been missed!

You can purchase the first edition of the quaterly magazine here. Happy browsing!



























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