MIKAGE SHIN was founded in New York in 2017. The designer, Mikage, was born between Korean Mother and Japanese father in Tokyo. From this background, Mikage dedicates to create new genderless and ageless brands for empowering today’s intelligent self-made woman and all individuals, who lives in such a difficult time without any unreasonable limitation and stereotype. All countries’ art and architecture history and 21st century’s social issues highly inspire Mikage’s avant-garde designs, because Mikage thinks fashion should be the presentation of not only outside but also inside. Since Mikage firmly believes that fashion can promote self-confidence and change their life greatly, Mikage is creating best clothes today.
WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THIS SEASON’S COLLECTION?
This season is MIKAGE SHIN’s first debut collection as business after graduating from Parsons School of Design. It is composed by her best archives and several best collections from 2017 to 2019. This aesthetic philosophy was suggested by Gio Ponti, an Italian great architect and furniture designer. Even though architectures are obviously inorganic things, he always attempted to make elaborate decorations on their surface as if they were living, and he also made structural uniqueness on them. It means “Skin & Warmth”. Through MORE PLAYFUL DESIGNS WITH PASSION AND PULSE, He gave birth to them.
The designer, Mikage Shin, was so inspired by this aesthetic. She interpreted his aesthetic philosophy into her clothes, and she examined interesting designs by two approaches: surface aesthetics and structural interesting.
MIkage used neutral colors as “skin” ,and developed multi layers for making structure to recall emotion, “warmth”.
Through this collection, MIkage wanted to suggest that what is true beauty for humans. Mikage challenged drawing both Visible Beauty and Invisible Beauty, Tangible and Intangible Beauty. Mikage believes that true beautiful fashion can work on not only surface, but also reflect human’s inside, intelligence and attitude gracefully.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
WHAT MAKES YOUR COLLECTION UNIQUE?
Interest in art, culture, architecture. The back ground of dual nationality and childhood memory. The past major of politics and economics highly motivate my design to be involved with social issues or human’s life philosophy.