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Who is Tokyo-born designer Eiko Ishioka celebrated by Google's Doodle?

Who is Tokyo-born designer Eiko Ishioka celebrated by Google's Doodle?”

In 1992, her artistic fixation on the physical form helped her create the striking costumes forFrancis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, including star Gary Oldman's blood-red and muscle-like suit of body armor.

During her life, she earned an Oscar, a Grammy and two Tony nominations.

Showcasing some of Ishioka's famous designs from Singh's 2006 movie The Fall, today's slideshow Doodle celebrates her revolutionary work on what would have been her 79th birthday.

She entered the graphic design industry at a time when there were few women involved in the sector and became renowned for her early print ads. Her set and costume design for the Broadway play M.

However, when she said she wanted to pursue her own career in the industry, he advised her that it would be hard in a culture dominated by men.

Sprung from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in the early '60s, she entered advertising through the cosmetics titan Shiseido before launching out on her own a decade later, deploying an worldwide flair on behalf of such clients as Parco, the shopping complex chain, for which she sometimes advertised by showing no product (or clothing) at all.

Her big break came when working for the Japanese department store Parco.

Ishioka also appreciated that costuming could cause discomfort befitting context, reflective of both social strictures and state of mind - whether she was outfitting Winona Ryder in Victorian garb for "Dracula", or encasing Jennifer Lopez in confining headwear for Tarsem Singh's "The Cell" in 2000.

Her most famous advert featured actress Faye Dunaway wearing black and eating a hard-boiled egg while staring at the camera - followed by the letters of the company playing across the screen.

In 1983 she ended her association with Parco and opened her own design firm. Later in the decade, her passion for high-contrast coloring and minimalist focus (with a heavy emphasis on profiling the body) led her to conceive of the album art for Miles Davis's Tutu, for which she would win a Grammy in 1986. It was photographed by Irving Penn.

Along the way, she designed uniforms for several countries' teams in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah; costumes for Cirque du Soleil performers and the logo for the NBA's Houston Rockets.

Four years later, on January 21, 2012, Eiko died of pancreatic cancer.



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