Despite only graduating from the Royal College of Art in London this past summer, Maiko Takeda’s curriculum vitae already includes Björk, Love Magazine, Showstudio, Vogue and of course Visionaire. It’s needless to say that the Tokyo-born milliner and jewelry designer is going places. On Sunday the 2nd, she’s presenting her new collection—shown here—with an exhibition during Paris Fashion Week.
Takeda started her education at Central Saint Martins in London, where she studied jewelry design. “I somehow always liked to design things for the head,” she says. “I like that hats can bring playfulness whilst being in a context of luxury,” she continues, including that she’s intrigued by the possibilities of modern day millinery.
Created from materials like clear plastic films, acrylic discs and silver jumprings her pieces are extremely labor intensive. “Acrylic discs are lasercut, then gradients of colors are printed on clear plastic films before cutting into spiky shapes. Then silver jumprings hold these components together and the whole thing becomes a flexible surface to manipulate,” she says, noting that there’s no sewing or gluing involved in the process.
Maiko Takeda’s new collection can be seen at Joyce Gallery, 168-173 Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris until March 22nd.
Photos by Atsuko Kichikawa & Bryan Huynh.