One of the highlights of the Japanese Couture Evening was Yoshiki Hishinuma’s fashion show, where his lovely models would to walk to the end of the runway and momentarily paused for a moment for the photographers to take a snapshot before performing the meditative and ‘peace-loving’ hand gestures.For some audience, it may look queer,awkward and perhaps too showy but for the cameramen, these dynamic movements of the models adds variation to the photo composition.
This 55-year-old Japanese designer, who is also a graduate of Bunka College of Fashion, is well-known for creating uniquely-shaped clothes using the natural elements of wind and air, as well as integrating technology into traditional Japanese tie-dye designs.Yoshiki’s work may not appear as wild or as flamboyant as other couture designs but it’s spectacular in its own way. His 2013 autumn collection
was inspired by nature, where a few of his pieces had earthy flora and fauna prints which made the models look like green ambassadors of the environment.
Right after Yoshiki Hishinuma’s fashion show, the audiences were treated to a jaw-dropping Sanddornbalance performance by Miyoko Shida where she attempts to balance about a dozen palm ribs on a single standing palm rib. She created this dinosaur skeleton-looking structure with the long palm ribs that fans out in all directions to create stability in the structure. When she propped the last palm rib up to stand with her foot and pivot the whole skeleton-looking structure on it, the crowd applaud and cheered like never before, as Miyoko gave a humble bow and a heart-warming smile. Some of the audiences even gave her a standing ovation right after her stunning performance. Her performance hasn’t end just yet after she has successfully completed her balancing act. The moment she lift off the feather which was resting on one of the palm ribs, the whole structure dissolves with one palm ribs collapsing one at a time, like falling dominoes.
There’s still more to come as the programme for the Japanese couture evening continued.