Famous Fashion Designers from Japan

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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Kenzo Takada and Novala Takemoto.

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

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  • Aya Ishiguro
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    Morning Musume '19 (モーニング娘。 '19, Mōningu Musume One-Nine.), formerly simply Morning Musume (モーニング娘。, Mōningu Musume.) and colloquially referred to as Momusu (モー娘。, Mōmusu.), are a Japanese female idol group, holding the second highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts as of February 2012, with the Oricon record of most top ten singles with an amount of 64, and they have sold over 21 million copies in Japan alone. Morning Musume was formed in 1997 by rock singer-songwriter turned record producer Tsunku, who later composed the vast majority of the group's songs over the decade. They are the lead group of Hello! Project that specialises in upbeat, pop-oriented music coupled with dance performance. The group produced several splinter groups, and often collaborates with other Hello! Project acts, including Country Musume, Berryz Kobo, Cute, Melon Kinenbi, and v-u-den. The group's name can be translated as "Morning Girls" or "Morning Daughters"; as the name suggests, it consists of members mostly in their late adolescence and early 20s. The average age of the group members has remained more or less unchanged since its original formation because the group maintains a "school-like" system for their continuous line-up changes, with older members "graduating" and new, usually younger, members selected from nationwide auditions admitted to the group almost annually.
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Sapporo, Japan
  • Ed Tsuwaki
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    Ed Tsuwaki is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and fashion/product designer.
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Saeki-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Issey Miyake
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    Issey Miyake (三宅 一生, Miyake Issei, born 22 April 1938) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances, such as L'eau d'Issey, which became his most well-known product.
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Junya Watanabe
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    Junya Watanabe is a Japanese fashion designer, originally the protégé of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961, he went on to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, graduating in 1984. At this time he began his apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons as a patternmaker. In 1987, he was promoted to chief designer of Tricot knitwear line and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. Starting in 1992, he has worked under his own name as part of Comme des Garçons. He started his own line under the Comme Des Garçons name called 'Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons' in 1993 and began showing in Paris that same year. Watanabe, like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing. He is particularly interested in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics as found in his spring/summer 2001 line but also uses more traditional materials such as cotton in his spring/summer 2003 collection. Watanabe is often considered a "techno couture" designer, creating unusually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Japan
  • Kenzo Takada
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    Kenzō Takada (高田 賢三, Takada Kenzō) is a Japanese-French fashion designer. He is also the founder of Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products and clothes, and is the acting Honorary President of the Asian Couture Federation.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Himeji, Japan
  • Mana
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    Mana is a Polynesian concept of power, often in a supernatural context. Mana may also refer to:
    • Birthplace: Japan, Hiroshima