After finishing her studies at the Sujino Gajen Dressmaker (!) Institute of Tokyo, Shimada visited Paris in the 60s, and, like many an artist before her, simply never left. She designed childrenswear and, later, menswear for Cacharel before launching her own label in 1981, followed in 1984 by a boutique on rue Etienne Marcel.
For her Fall 08 show, the runway was dominated by a series of identical screens (almost as wide as the runway) constructed from opaque matte gold paper and lined up a few feet apart like flat metallic dominoes, each concealing a model. When the show started, the first few models each punched their way through the screen in front of them, picking their way through the previously ripped screens until they finally emerged onto the front of the runway. Fabulous! Be sure to check out the video at JunkoShimada.com.
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- Lesley Scott
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