Kisa Takada Shoe Exhibition

Kisa Takada Shoe Exhibition

If you are in West Japan during May and June, visit the amazing exhibition about Japanese shoe designer Kisa Takada (1941-2006)

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Innovative Japanese shoe designer Kisa Takada (1941-2006) created a world of shoe fantasies for 41 years.

Takada was born in Tokyo and studied graphic design at Tama Art University. In 1966, she held her first exhibition, Shoe Fantasy, at a Ginza art gallery. It marked the start of her brand KISSA. During the seventies, Takada introduced a continuous series of innovative shoes that became big hits and were widely covered by Japanese media.

Japanese shoe designer Kisa Takada

Takada is generally considered as a pioneering shoe designer in Japan who expanded the concept of shoe design. The combination of functional beauty and playfulness in her designs have lived on after her death.

Among many others, this show introduces her imaginative pumps, the uniquely designed colorful boots she created for Kansai Yamamoto’s Kansai in London in 1971 (pictured above), the platform Pokkori sandals popular during the 1970s, rider boots for cycling during the summer, beach sandals, and masculine shoes based on Takada’s recollections of polishing her father’s shoes as a child.

Kisa Takada Shoe Exhibition

Kisa Takada Shoe Exhibition

1 Beach ballerina (1994)
2 Pokkuri platform sandals with designs of the moon and stars (1970)
3 Created for Kansai Yamamoto’s Show Kansai in London (1971)
4 Rider boots for Summer (1985)
5 Flower sandals (1974)
6 Created for the poster of Diana Shoe Store (1973)
7 Rubber shoes with poppy flower (1987)
8 Monk strap frilled tassel shoes (1972)
9 Dreaming little girl rubber soled boots (2002)

Date4/18/2013 (Thu) ~ 7/2/2013 (Tue)
Time10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
FeeAdult: ¥500 | Students & 65+: ¥250
LocationKobe Fashion Museum
Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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wow so colorful and beautiful

May 7, 2013 (3435 days ago)

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