Junko Shimada was one of the first japanese fashion designers to settle down in Paris in the 60’s. Since then, the creative fashion artist stayed loyal to her undeniable style, bringing the perfect harmony between elegance and creativity. She is our fashion designer of the month.
Ms Shimada studied at Sujino Gajen Dressmaker Institute if Tokyo and after a visit to Paris, she was completely seduced by the french capital. She decided to move to Paris.
Her career is outstanding as she worked for brilliant reference houses in fashion and design. After working for Mafia Design Studio, she entered Cacharel first as Chief Designer of the children line and then for the men’s line.
1981 is an important date as she created and founded her own Studio. A couple of years after that, she was already claimed by the press as “the most parisian of japanese”!.
1984 was the opening of her first boutique on Rue Etienne Marcel in Paris. Since then she developed about 20 stores for her main line + luggage, glasses, scarves, golf wear and of course Kimonos.
2001 was the opening of a new store in Paris, Rue Saint-Florentin with a second line called Junk by Junko Shimada.
She is an official member of the French federation of Couture, ready-to-wear and fashion creators.
Her style is quite unique. Her vision of femininity is a perfect equation of contemporary lines and colors with a timeless cutting line.
In 2010, she presented for her summer editions, an outstanding collection called Angels and Dust.
I remember this collection well as the inspirational universe brought a sort of natural sexiness. The geometric explorations, the rich textures and colors brought a vision of a sort of amazon warrior of the desert. Very glam rock. Flip-Zone magazine said about it: “Earthy and urban all rolled into one, this collection is as raw and unbridled as it is sophisticated and luxurious, ingredients of the Junko Shimada woman“.
Over the years, the style of Junko Shimada got more and more edgy. Some called it extravagant, others a melting pot as East meets west. From her oversized pull-overs up to inverted stilettos or transparent shirts, definitely she has a remarkable universe.
Here some of her outstanding work for 2012, brilliant.
If you want to see more pictures of the latest show, please check the designer official website: www.junkoshimada.com
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