XIX. YASUHIRO TAKEHISA
Stylist ___ Dazed & Confused. Flaunt. VISION.
“ The idea of fast fashion is something I really cannot ignore, customisation is a form of design and thus the stylist/designer boundary is blurred. ”
ElysiumEditorial: So, let’s begin with the basics, to the uneducated amongst us, how would you dissect your role as a fashion stylist?
YasuhiroTakehisa: To spice up fashion, to adjust and alter it in my own way, pushing trends towards what I might feel is the future
EE: From Tokyo – Japan to London – UK, do you feel artistically this is the right place for you to be?
YT: I think so, I suppose I wouldn’t necessarily know without testing out other environments, but I feel happy here and it seems to tick all the creative boxes
EE: Your styling has seen a complete spectrum of descriptions - from ‘dressed down subtlety’ to ‘dynamic bold power.’ Do you feel you have a signature style?
YT: It might be construed in different ways but I like to keep my style somewhere in between reality and fantasy, street and high fashion, styling for a confident and effortless woman
EE: Which shoot from your portfolio, do you feel best represents your styling aesthetic? Where did the concept for the shoot germinate and how did it progress to the visuals?
YT: That would be a shoot for VISION Magazine entitled ‘Face Off,’ which included Iris Van Herpen’s wing dress and Zara Gorman’s flat pack hat. The series was for the magazines 10th year anniversary issue and also for an exhibition in Beijing, so I wanted to make something with real visual impact
*'Face Off' for VISION with Photographer Rafael Stahelin
EE: On reflection, do you find your personal style consciously or subconsciously affects the aesthetic you create? How would you describe your personal style?
YT: I think it’s quite opposed to my personal style, I mean let’s be honest, the pieces I use in my work would never work on my frame, I’ll leave that to the models
EE: Where do you see fashion design developing in the future – ‘Customizer is the new Designer’ perhaps?
YT: The idea of fast fashion is something I really cannot ignore, customisation is a form of design and thus the stylist/designer boundary is somewhat blurred, it’s certainly a very likely possibility
EE: Favourites: Fashion Designer (specifically when it comes to incorporating their garments into your work) / Photographer / Artist / Musician?
YT: Designer – 2011 AW Louis Vuitton, Givenchy / Photographer – Nick Knight / Artist – Yoshihiro Togashi (manga artist,) David Lynch
*Inspiration ___ Nick Knight.
EE: We really must ask, after moving to the big city you shadowed the undeniably talented Nicola Formichetti at Dazed and Confused (UK) – How was that?
YT: When I started in 2006 he was Fashion Editor at Dazed, subsequently I watched him develop to Fashion Director at the publication. He then became Fashion Consultant to Uniqlo then Vogue Homme Japan and Mugler. I think his talent is undeniable and all these big titles are well deserved, it’s very exciting to see someone’s dramatic success story develop like that
EE: Speaking of publications, there are SO many creative platforms around currently – digitally and in print – do you believe one in particular ticks all the boxes?
YT: Each magazine has its positives and negatives and this alters from issue to issue, I personally really enjoy old issues of AnOther Magazine
EE: DAZED, Flaunt, Metal, Vision, SOMA, Mother – care to tell us what might be next in the pipeline?
YT: My wish is Numéro Magazine
EE: Finally, if someone wrote your biography, what would you think the title should be?
YT: ‘Yasuhiro Takehisa,’ would do just fine
*'Be a Gentleman with a Punk Heart' for VISION with Photographer Thomas Cooksey