Japanese designer Atsuko Kudo has been producing latex womenswear since 2001. She is mainly known for pioneering techniques with latex fabric, using filigree, folding techniques and exclusive prints in her designs. The first entirely latex runway show in the world was staged in New York by Kudo as part of her fashion label premiere, with Crystal Renn walking the final look.
Her clothing has been worn by some of the world’s most famous women including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Dita von Teese, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Eva Mendes, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Brook and Grace Jones.
Over the past few years she has become the definitive couture latex designer and has supplied items for Hussein Chalayan, Cerruti, Vivienne Westwood and Fendi. Kudo has also collaborated with Nicola Formichetti, designing and producing looks for the Mugler A/W 2011 womenswear collection.
2009 saw the beginning of Kudo's work with Lady Gaga. Kudo's creations included looks for Gaga's now legendary Glastonbury performance and the infamous red latex Elizabethan gown and ruff, which grabbed headlines world wide when Gaga was pictured wearing it whilst meeting the Queen. The same picture has been selected by the Queen to hang in her Diamond Jubilee celebration gallery in Windsor Castle.
Kudo has subsequently designed many of Gaga's best known latex looks including her ‘condom inspired’ outfit in support of AIDS awareness - designed in collaboration with Mugler - as well as many pieces for her videos and stage shows.
In September 2011 Atsuko Kudo was awarded ‘Most Innovative Brand of the Year’ at the inaugural UK Lingerie Awards.