Hong Kong: communion w ltd, 2005. Large octavo (32cm x 25cm), white boards, stitched natural fabric cover, with title printed on front and spine, 288pp (including endpapers), lavishly illustrated with sketches, still photographs and performance photos. A beautiful record of costume designer Wada’s works in the decade leading up to publication. The book was created as a witness to her enduring vitality and inventiveness, with comments by Peter Greenaway and Zhang Yimou.
A leading name in Asian cinema, costume designer Emi Wada is well known for her designs for Kurosawa’s epic 1985 film RAN (for which she won an academy award) and Peter Greenaway’s 1991 fantasy drama film Prospero’s Books. Now in her 70s she is being offered more projects than ever. She established her way of working early in her career and only accepts projects that allow her to design the costumes for the entire cast, insisting on maximum freedom. Her role, as she sees it, goes beyond making clothes. Her job is to help the director tell the story through images. My Life In The Making reflects her exacting eye for detail through design sketches, stills from films, candid photographs, and the handmade fabric cover.
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