1. ELEY KISHIMOTO-PROFILE INTRODUCTION….
2. DESIGN STYLE……………………………………………………………
3. MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS………………………….………………
4. DESIGN COLLECTIONS……………………………………….…..
5. ABOUT THE DESIGNER……………………………………………
6. OUR INSPIRATION FROM THE DESIGNER’S…..
Fundamentally striving to make the world a prettier place, Eley
Kishimoto create work that is clear in intention, executed simply,
and with creative flair; they do not succumb to trends and fads.
Instead the vision is clear and in the forefront, fashion is used as
a platform to communicate with a wide and varied audience.
Eley Kishimoto, is a global British fashion and design company
with headquarters in London, UK. Founded in the early 1990's by
Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, the company is primarily known
for its print design. The principle commercial activity of the
company is womenswear fashion and accessories.
Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto
In a fashion show.
This Asian-inspired label—housed in a three-story building near Brixton
prison—is a collaboration between Mark Eley and his wife, Wakako
Kishimoto. The U.K.-based pair met while on assignment in the U.S., and in
1992 launched both a marriage and a textile business. With Mark as the
business manager and Wakako as the designer, their prints quickly became
the go-to for designers from Alexander McQueen to Jil Sander. In 1996
they began their own womenswear collection—noted for its crafty prints and
whimsical detailing—and have since collaborated on everything from shoes to
jewelry to unorthodox items like phone and computer packaging. In 2008,
the pair was also tapped to be creative directors of French-based fashion
They use stockings to style the outfits for their collections.their
designing techniques are basically bright, optimistic, colorful,
positive shades. Puff sleeves in their collections are probably the
most endearing feature.
They also designs those products that is usually ignored by
fashion designers including the automotive industry, architecture,
phone/computer technology and packaging, and artist and gallery.
They use stripes ,checks,and different textures to promote their
Kishimoto's prints inclludes vivid harlequin designs and bold
patterns worked from animal and feather motifs—are applied to
ruffled dresses and blouses, interspersed with skirts and jackets
in cosy tweed and primaries. It's classic Eley Kishimoto: clothes
that are friendly and inviting. But that isn't to imply blandness—
it is their unashamed prettiness, regardless of trends, that
makes them in their own way bold.
“Graphic” is how Eley Kishimoto characterise their work. Their
patterns make a direct assault on the retina. Partly this comes
from the screen-printing process, in particular the way the colour
separations are made – not dissimilar, in fact, to traditional
Japanese stencil-printing. Because each pigment is applied
separately, layer by layer, this gives a crispness and immediacy to
the printed fabric that is lacking in newer techniques, such as
digital printing. Crucially, too, Eley Kishimoto’s patterns are drawn
by hand, not computer generated. “For me pattern design is like
knitting a long scarf,” explains Wakako. “It’s a flexible process.
You need a free mind.
Mainly both are surface decorators.their major achievements are
1. In 2008 Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto were appointed
as creative directors of French based fashion house
2. With so many strings to their creative bow it is easy to see
how they have gained their reputation as the patron saints
3. Eley Kishimoto's collaboration with Eastpak has proved to
be such a perfect fit that it's surprising it took this long to
happen. Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto are old hands at
the creative partnership game, having lent their talents (via
eye-popping prints) to companies from Volkswagen to Louis
Vuitton, Uniqlo and even the iconic London double-decker
bus. Fresh from a hectic London Fashion week, Eley took
time to walk us through their multicolored world, the story
behind their latest partnership and balancing a crowded
4. From a partnership made in the early 90's, Eley Kishimoto
quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print
design with their work being displayed on the catwalks of
the world through work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs,
Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name
but a few.
5. Eley Kishimoto has already worked with partners to offer
footwear, hosiery, sunglasses, leather belts, and various
'flash' collaborations, under the umbrella of womenswear
6. Since 1998 they have produced twice-yearly collections and
their colourful shows have become one of the highpoints of
London Fashion Week. Last year, to mark their tenth
anniversary, they had a mini-retrospective at the Victoria &
Albert Museum in the form of three archive catwalk shows .
7. In 2001 the pair branched out into interiors with a range of
patterned tableware and wallpaper. Recently they teamed up
with interior design company Typical to produce upholstered
and printed furniture, on display in their Bermondsey shop.
Now they are actively collaborating with architects,
curators and filmmakers to apply their patterns on a larger
scale. “To us the most important thing is print,” affirms
Mark. “Our thinking is, where can pattern jump onto next?”
Despite their profile in the fashion press, there is still a degree
of mystery about the designers. Some people even assume that
Eley Kishimoto is one person. Trawl on the net and you’ll find very
little biographical information. You rarely see pictures of them
and they don’t have a website. The truth is that they’re not
typical fashion people – rather private, genuinely modest and a
little shy (particularly Wakako, who calls herself “the quiet one”).
Being a live-work couple makes them remarkably self-sufficient.
They look to each other for support, rather than relying on the
fickleness of the media and the fashion world. “In fashion
journalism it’s either, yes they love it, or they don’t write about
it,” laments Mark.
These two fiercly talented artists establishded their business
together back in 1992, and have since
built a strong international reputation
for their textile & fashion designs .
Their accomplishments span from
clothing design, lingerie, wallpaper,
furniture, sneaker, and sunglasses.
They have worked with famous design houses such as Louis
Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Hussein Chalayan, Alber Elbaz and Jil
Sander and the above mentioned Alexander McQueen Wakako
Kishimoto, is a darling petite talent who was born in Sapporo
Japan in 1965. She graduated from Central Saint Martins with a
Ba in fashion and print. Mark Eley was born in Wales in 1968 and
graduated from Brighton Polytechnic with a BA in fashion and
The tandem of Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto show that in the
world of fashion, two heads are
better than one.
Wakako Kishimoto graduated from Central St Martins in 1992
with a BA in fashion and print; Mark Eley was born in Bridgend,
Wales in 1968 and graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1990
with a BA in fashion and weave. They founded Eley Kishimoto
together in 1992, designing prints for Joe Casely-Hayford
(1992-94), Hussein Chalayan (1995-96) and Alexander McQueen
(1996-97), amongst others. In 1995, Eley Kishimoto produced
their first collection, ‘Rainwear’. Print commissions include Jil
Sander, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Clements Ribeiro). The
duo presented their first on-schedule show during London Fashion
Week for Autumn/Winter 2001. The label has also expanded to
include crockery, furniture, wallpaper, luggage, sneakers, lingerie
and sunglasses. Today Eley Kishimoto prints are commissioned by
international designers including Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.
A retrospective exhibition was held at the V&A Museum in 2002,
and in the following year opened a shop in Bermondsey. Spring
2005 heralded the first Eley Kishimoto-Ellesse collection – part
of a three season deal.
According to their official biography Eley Kishimoto was
established in 1992. In those days they were just a couple of
struggling freelance textile designers working out of their living
room. The fashion house (initially more of a broom cupboard)
came four years later. Since 1998 they have produced twice-
yearly collections and their colourful shows have become one of
the highpoints of London Fashion Week. Last year, to mark their
tenth anniversary, they had a mini-retrospective at the Victoria &
Albert Museum in the form of three archive catwalk shows.
We are mesmerized by the design duo Mark Eley and Wakako
Kishimoto. Not only are the two designers absolutely adorable
themselves, but their textile prints, clothing and their sense of
styling just completely knock us out. We love the stockings they
chose to style the outfits with for their 2009 collection. The
choice of patterns and colors were brilliant. It’s no wonder they
have designed prints for one of the renouned fashion designers,
ahem, Alexander Mqueen!