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Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka Dies

Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka died earlier this month, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Ishioka was 73-years-old.  Born in Tokyo, she was a creative soul from childhood, working in cosmetics, advertising, graphic arts and costume design.  Ishioka graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1961, and she joined the advertising division of Japan’s largest cosmetics company, Shiseido.  Ishioka won a Grammy Award in 1986 for best album package as art director for Myles Davis’ Tutu, and was nominated for two Tony Awards for her work on M. Butterfly in 1988.  She won an Academy Award for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula in 1993 (pictured, right).  Ishioka also created the costumes for The Cell, Immortals and the upcoming Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror.  Her creations Julia Roberts (pictured, top) and Lily Collins (pictured, below) sport are just stunning.  Ishioka also costumed Cirque du Soleil, and members of the Japanese, Canadian, Spanish and Swiss Olympic teams in 2002, as well as the outfits for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and several other Broadway productions.  A true Renaissance woman, she also directed a music video, made commercials and published several books.  She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Soultanakis, whom she only married last year.  Our thoughts go out to her family.

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