Eiko Ishioka: Japan's Ultimate Designer

One of the world’s foremost visual artists offers this essential and inspiring sourcebook for designers in all media—also a spectacular gift for theater-, film-, and opera-lovers.

Eiko Ishioka (1938 – 2012) was one of the most influential designers of this century—in the West as much as in her native Japan. She earned acclaim in many media—advertising, product design, books, theater, film, video and costume design—and won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony nomination, and a Cannes Film Festival Award. This sumptuous volume is the companion to her legendary first book, Eiko by Eiko, which was hailed as “the first book of the twenty-first century” upon its release by Callaway in 1983.

This book focuses on Eiko’s major design projects for the stage and screen, including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, M. Butterfly, and Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelungen. Alongside the deeply charged images, Eiko shared for the first time her creative process and talked of her sometimes explosive collaborative efforts. She tells of the dynamic Francis Ford Coppola, the brilliant Paul Schrader, the skilled John Lithgow, the secretive David Copperfield, and the uncompromising Philip Glass. Then in turn, Coppola described in a foreword what it was like to collaborate with the astonishing artist.

Eiko Ishioka is an internationally renowned designer and art director whose works have been exhibited and awarded around the world and are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She studied design at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and began her career with groundbreaking print and TV advertising campaigns in Japan. Her first book, Eiko by Eiko, became a style world must-have and is now a treasured collector’s item. She lives in New York City.

Published in the US by Callaway, Co-edition: Japan

11 x 13 inches, 312 pages

240 full-color plates, including over 2,000 illustrations and 7 foldouts

Trade paperback: 1990, 11x 13 inches

US co-publisher: Chronicle Books, co-editions: France, Germany