I didn't even know that I am a fan of Eiko Ishioka until I realized that I've seen some of the movies where the costume designs were by her. I have to admit, I was motivated more by the costume designs than the movie itself. Movies like:
“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992) which she won an Oscar for. The movie was, well, not so good. I mean, really, I couldn't watch poor Keanu Reeves struggled throughout the movie with his very bad British accent and bad acting. Ugh! But who can forget Lucy’s vampiric wedding gown that has since become iconic and inspired many designers?
“The Cell” (2000) where J.Lo rocked those amazing designs like no other. I kept murmuring “go back to the cell, go back to the cell, Catherine” just to see more the psychotic, surreal, dream-like designs. Who cares about the real world, right?
And just recently, I treated myself to “Mirror Mirror” (2012) yet another slapstick version of the Grimm’s Snow White. I knew the reviews were not so good but I just wanted to watch for the, ahem, “outfits”. And I was not disappointed. I don't think I blinked the entire time. It was a feast for the eye!
Sadly, Eiko Ishioka died just this January 2012 from pancreatic cancer but without first leaving her mark on the arts and design world. And it's a BIG mark, indeed!
Read what the New York Times had to say about Eiko Ishioka here.