Emi Wada

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Emi Wada
Emiko Noguchi

(1937-03-18) 18 March 1937 (age 82)
Spouse(s)Ben Wada (1957-2011)
AwardsBest Costume Design
1985 Ran
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program
1993 Oedipus Rex

Emi Wada (和田 惠美, Wada Emi, born 18 March 1937 in Kyoto Prefecture) is an Academy Award-winning theatrical, movie and ballet costume designer from Japan. Her work for the 2015 production of The Peony Pavilion was described by The Washington Post as "some of the loveliest ballet creations in memory" with the newspaper further noting that: "Skirt hems flickered like flames as the dancers moved, and the leading ballerina’s sheer overdress floated around her like an afterglow."[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wada created costumes for the Akira Kurosawa film Ran, which earned her an Academy Award for costume design, the Peter Greenaway film Prospero's Books, and the Zhang Yimou films, Hero and House of Flying Daggers. She designed costumes for operas, including the 2006 premiere performance of Tan Dun's The First Emperor[2] and for ballets, including The Peony pavilion by Fei Bo (National Ballet of China, 2008).

Wada also designed the costumes for the 2018 Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear.[3]

Recent works[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Sarah. "‘The Peony Pavilion’: Underpowered beauty". Washington, D.C." The Washington Post, July 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Emi Wada IMDB entry; accessed 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ Tingting, Huang. "Chinese stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ returns to China". Beijing, China: The Global Times, January 25, 2018.