Fashion Famous Designers from Japan

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List of notable or famous designers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top designers born in Japan and even some popular designers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese designers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These designers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known designer from Japan is included when available.

Kenzo Takada and Isamu Noguchi are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This historic designers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese designers of note?" and "Who are the most famous designers from Japan?" These prominent designers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese designers.

Use this list of renowned Japanese designers to discover some new designers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (11 items)
Goichi Suda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Goichi Suda, also known as Suda 51, is the CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture and a former designer at Human Entertainment. The "51" in his nickname, Suda 51, is a pun on his given name. In Japanese, "Go" means 5 and "ichi" means 1. His works include Moonlight Syndrome, The Silver Case, Flower, Sun and Rain, Michigan, killer7, the No More Heroes series, Shadows of the Damned and most recently, Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead. He has been called an "auteur" video game director. Suda and his studio also frequently collaborate with other developers, including creating the story sequences for the Wii title Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, Suda's involvement in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 50

Birthplace: Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Hironobu Sakaguchi is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, and former film director. He is the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and has had a long career in gaming with over 100 million units of video games sold worldwide. He left Square Enix and founded a studio called Mistwalker in 2004. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Hitachinaka, Japan

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#9 on The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Isamu Noguchi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold. In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today. His work ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 84 (1904-1988)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Issey Miyake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 79

Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

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#36 on The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time

#83 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

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