Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Reiner Chase
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that Japan is one of the best countries for fashion design. They’re always coming out with something new and innovative, whether it be in clothing or accessories. It’s no surprise then that they also produce some of the best anime fashion designers! In this post we’ll talk about 5 of my favorite anime fashion designers, so without further ado:
- Akira Toriyama – Dragon Ball Z
- Yohji Yamamoto – Y-3
- Yoshitaka Amano – Final Fantasy series
- Jun Takahashi – Undercover/Junya Watanabe Man label
- Rei Kawakubo – Comme
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5 Favorite Anime Fashion Designers
Akira Toriyama – Dragon Ball Z
Akira Toriyama is the man behind Dragon Ball Z, one of my favorite anime fashion designers. His designs are often based on fashions from different time periods, and he has a particular fondness for late 19th-century Edwardian fashion. One of his most famous pieces was Bulma’s dress in The Tree Of Might episode which she wears it to help Goku defeat Turles and save all of Earth!
He has also designed outfits for Trunks (Dragonball), Android 18 (Dragonball GT) as well as many other characters throughout the series. He has not designed any clothes in DragonBall Super so far but I am hopeful that will change soon – after all, they’re going into space this season!
Yohji Yamamoto – Y-3
Yohji Yamamoto started his career in fashion as a teenager, studying at the prestigious Bunka Fashion College. He launched Y-II in 1973 and from there was recruited by Comme des Garcons to design their women’s line which he did for 30 years before branching off into different directions including his own label (Yohji Yamamoto).
He is also famous for designing haute couture under his eponymous brand with Christian Dior. I love that even though it can be hard to find many of these fashions on shelves or online, they are still available if you know where to look! And when you do – oh my goodness does this man produce some amazing clothing!
His style is avant-garde and reminiscent of a modernist’s take on fashion. He has been described as “rebellious” by Vogue Magazine and is known for his use of asymmetry, black clothing with bold lines, press studs in the place of buttons, and patchwork designs that combine fabrics from different time periods
His Y-III label was born out of this later interest which blends athletic wear with couture styles. Some pieces are made to be worn during workouts while others can be dressed up just like anything else you’d find in your closet! It’s fun because it means I never have to pick an outfit – I just go through my wardrobe thinking about what mood I’m going for
Yoshitaka Amano – Final Fantasy series
Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist and designer. He’s been around since the 1980s with major contributions to both fashion and video games. His work can be seen in movies, TV programs, music videos, and live concerts at venues like Tokyo Bunka Kaikan as well as for clients such as Nike
He was commissioned by Square Enix to develop an exclusive line of clothing based on Final Fantasy XIII called “Final Tactic”, which was unveiled during 2008 Fashion Week in Paris
The clothes included dresses that looked like armor or futuristic bodysuits worn over skirts; tops featured sleeves reminiscent of armored gauntlets; knee-high stockings were tucked into boots to avoid getting snagged on rough ground
Amano has also designed clothes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Boy George.
Jun Takahashi – Undercover/Junya Watanabe Man label
Jun Takahashi is a fashion designer who has been the head of the Japanese label Undercover for over two decades. He was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and studied at Bunka Fashion College. Before founding his own brand Junya Watanabe MAN, he also worked as an assistant to Hanae Mori before she launched her namesake line
He created clothes with bright colors and patterns inspired by sportswear that were worn by celebrities like Madonna and David Bowie His woman’s T-shirts featured collars or long sleeves with full pleats; skirts have side slits which allow them to be turned into shortalls In addition to being one half of the design team behind Kenzo, Takahashi is known for being a judge on the reality competition show “The Face”
Rei Kawakubo – Comme des Garçons
Rei Kawakubo was born on January 16th, 1949 in Tokyo. Her company Comme des Garçons was founded in the late 1970s and is known for its avant-garde fashion which plays with new shapes and concepts of time-honoured clothing styles as well as wide use of unisex garments. It emerged from humble origins to become one of the most influential fashion houses today.
This includes her use of black, white, and grey to create a monochromatic effect. She is also known for the employment of asymmetry in some designs such as Comme des Garçons’ famous heart T-shirts which bear an uneven red heart or grunge-style denim jackets with one side sewn significantly higher than the other so that when worn they are completely dishevelled.
Madonna and David Bowie His woman’s T-shirts featured collars or long sleeves with full pleats; skirts have side slits that allow them to be turned into shortalls In addition to being one half of the design team behind Kenzo, Takahashi is known for being a judge on the reality competition show “The Great British Sewing Bee.”