Born in Sapporo, Japan, in 1965 Wakako Kishimoto graduated from Central Saint 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) and Alexander McQueen (1996-97), amongst many others. In 1995, Eley Kishimoto produced their first collection 'Rainwear' - printed PVC coated fabrics turned into umbrellas, waterproof coats and coats and gloves.
Since then, Eley Kishimoto has not only gained a reputation for their print commissions (including those for Jil Sander, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Clements Ribeiro), but also for their own quirky, colourful take on fashion. The duo presented their first on-schedule show during London Fashion Week in A/W 2001: a series of afternoon tea parties, rather than a traditional catwalk presentation.
The label has expanded to include crockery, furniture, wallpaper, luggage, sneakers, lingerie and sunglasses. Eley Kishimoto are commissioned by international designers including Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, but despite the scale of their industry, the couple work quietly with a crew of dedicated craftspeople from a workshop in South London.
- Fashion Now, Taschen, 2002
Eley Kishimioto is represented by Mandi Lennard Publicity +44 (0) 207 729 2770