Akira Isogawa

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Isogawa at 2013 Prix de marie claire Awards, in March 2013

Akira Isogawa (五十川明, Isogawa Akira, b. 1964) is one of Australia's most prominent contemporary fashion designers.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1964,[1] he immigrated to Australia in 1986, studying fashion at East Sydney Technical College drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design.


Isogawa creations on parade at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney, Australia (May 2012)

Isogawa opened a store in Woollahra, Sydney, in 1993.

By the late 1990s, he was known internationally. His clothes appear under his own label and are sold in Australia and New Zealand, and 10 other countries.[citation needed] He is one of the few Australian designers to exhibit and sell his clothing in Paris,[citation needed] His commercial fashion label, Akira, concentrates on women's fashion.


Isogawa's designs have been exhibited in a number of major Australian galleries. A number of his lavish costume creations while a student survive in a catalogued retrospective of the RAT Party era kept at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. He has also worked as a costume designer for the Sydney Dance Company.[citation needed]

Isogawa has a passion for animals and incorporates his beliefs into his design philosophy. "I consider myself a compassionate member of society. I understand that our actions impact on all living beings and wonder why we resort to such cruelty when there are so many man-made materials that we can use."[2] In 2011 he joined the council of Voiceless, the animal protection institute.[3]


In 2003, he was honoured on a commemorative Australian postage stamp,[citation needed] along with other Australian fashion designers, Collette Dinnigan, Carla Zampatti, Joe Saba, Jenny Bannister and Prue Acton.


  1. ^ Australian Fashion Review - Profile of Akira Isogawa http://www.fashionreview.com.au/akira-isogawa/
  2. ^ "Designer says fur should stay out of fashion". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ "Voiceless, the animal protection institute". 

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