Akira Isowaga Australian Fashion designer

Akira Isowaga is one of Australia's most well known and talented successful contemporary fashion designers.

Akira was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1964 and moved to Australia at the age of 21. At this time he began studying fashion at the Sydney Institute of Technology and eventually opened his first boutique in Woollahra in 1993 (age 29).

Akira at the Australian premiere of "Coco Avant Chanel" in 2009

Since then he has been a regular in Australian Fashion Week, showing off his current collections to buyers around the globe.

Akira's work ranges from gorgeous Japanese inspired pieces to more high fashion modern wear. He works most often with natural fabrics that are meticulously layered and embellished to create his signature look. The colours that Akira uses vary through his collections although most revolve around using bright colours and bold patterns.

Akira says that his inspiration mostly comes from the traditional Japanese style Kimono and bridal wear. This definitely makes him stand out in the fashion world as his pieces are very unique yet fit into the high fashion industry.

Looks from Akira's recent collection "Resort"

At first glance, this collection is made up of a large amount of black and white pieces with the occasional bold red piece. This collection features mostly dresses and full length jump suits but still includes a few two piece looks. The main pattern used is polk-a-dot which gives the collective a unique look. "Resort" is a collection that is more modern and high fashion, unlike most of Akira's work which is created using florals and bright colours.

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