Plucking Keiko Nishiyama from the garden of blossoming creative talent that is LCF, i-D online presents the rare budding womenswear designer bound for success.
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Experiencing Keiko’s intricately detailed and decorated garments is emotional. Poetically patterned and passionately created, the delicate textiles and hand painted petals which adorn the Japanese designer’s MA graduate collection are truly beautiful. Moving to London to study fashion, she spent time in the National History Museum researching flowers and at National Trust gardens exploring the plants native only to Britain. Instantly inspired she translated the colours, symmetries and formations she found on select petals from a variety of flowers and then used digital Japanese printing techniques as well as hand painting select pieces to create layered outfits which mirror the structure of a landscape garden. Humble and enthusiastic, Keiko is entirely charming, chatting i-D through her masterpiece. Here we learn how the rising designer came to establish her signature whimsical aesthetic (see video) and learn how to meet and greet Japanese friends. Kyoutendouchi!
Good morning – Ohayou gozaimasu おはようございます
Good afternoon – Konnichiha こんにちは
Good evening – Konban waこんばんは
See you – Sayounara さようなら
Thank you – Arigatou gozaimasu ありがとうございます
Excuse me – Suimasen すいません