HEXES the sunday spectra

HEXES the sunday spectra 1/29/12

Ishioka’s costume design for The Cell (2000)

Eiko Ishioka, Multifaceted Designer and Oscar Winner, Dies at 73


By MARGALIT FOX Published: January 26, 2012

Eiko Ishioka, a designer who brought an eerie, sensual surrealism to film and theater, album covers, the Olympics and Cirque du Soleil, in the process earning an Oscar, a Grammy and a string of other honors, died on Saturday in Tokyo. She was 73.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, her studio manager, Tracy Roberts, said.

Trained as a graphic designer, Ms. Ishioka was for decades considered the foremost art director in Japan; she later came to be known as one of the foremost in the world.

Ms. Ishioka won an Academy Award for costume design in 1992 for “Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula,’ ” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Her outfits for the film included a suit of full body armor for the title character (played by Gary Oldman), whose glistening red color and all-over corrugation made it look like exposed musculature, and a voluminous wedding dress worn by the actress Sadie Frost, with a stiff, round, aggressive lace collar inspired by the ruffs of frill-necked lizards.

These typified Ms. Ishioka’s aesthetic. A deliberate marriage of East and West — she had lived in Manhattan for many years — it simultaneously embraced the gothic, the otherworldly, the dramatic and the unsettling and was suffused with a powerful, dark eroticism. Her work, whose outsize stylization dazzled some critics and discomforted others, was provocative in every possible sense of the word, and it was meant to be.

Ms. Ishioka was closely associated with the director Tarsem Singh, for whom she designed costumes for four films. In the first, “The Cell” (2000), she encased Jennifer Lopez, who plays a psychologist trapped by a serial killer, in a headpiece that resembled a cross between a rigid neck brace and a forbidding bird cage.

“Jennifer asked me if I could make it more comfortable,” Ms. Ishioka told The Ottawa Citizen in 2000, “but I said, ‘No, you’re supposed to be tortured.’ ”

Read full article at nyt



Eiko Ishioka & Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

From “Kyoko’s House”

From “Runaway Horses”

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The Mysterious Object on the Ocean Floor

Mysterious Music: “Ode to the Passing of Time”

“A mix of lush, and slightly rustic tracks evoking old ballrooms, aging cities and distant memories.”

More info and track listing at:

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Warren Ellis, Newt Gingrich, and the Moonbase

Warren Ellis writes:

At VICE’s Motherboard blog, I’m interviewed by Abraham Riesman about space travel and the somewhat confused recent claims of Speaker Gingrich.

Well, let’s start with the “51st State” bit that’s being bandied about. Speaker Gingrich knows as well as the next political mammal that the Outer Space Treaty forbids any one nation from claiming sovereignty over the moon. So, not so much with the 51st State crap…

Deathmatch on Mars: An Interview with Warren Ellis on Newt Gingrich, Space Realism and Future America


2 replies on “HEXES the sunday spectra 1/29/12”

I have one of her books, either “Eiko by Eiko” or “Eiko on Stage” (it’s been a while; I forget which one). I also own “Coppola and Eiko on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Worth flipping through if you appreciate her work. While I did not see Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals” and did not know Eiko Ishioka worked on that film’s couture, I recommend admirers to see Tarsem’s “The Fall” for more of her elaborate costume design:

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