I’m always arguing against real clothes (a term used to differentiate anything with personality and bland casual clothing), I posit that any piece of item that can be worn on the body is essentially “real” clothing. It just depends on the viewpoint of the wearer.
So I thought that, until I met Rie Hosokai, who creates pieces that, while they can be worn on your person, they can certainly never be called “real” clothes….even by my standards. That is because they are made entirely of balloons.
Balloon artist Rie Hosokai, together with art director director takashi Kawada make the duo “Balloon Daisy” a unit who creates their airy works of art in tandem with fashion.
Due to the properties of balloons (namely, the fact that they deflate) most of the work could only be seen in person. However now they have published a book that puts all of their projects into a thick collection for posterity. Titled “daisy balloon” it covers their best photoshoots and projects, all of them more intricate than the last. I have written about daisy balloon, rie Hosokai and their works extensively on this blog previously, so please look at that article for some amazing shots and balloon fashion.
There is a special treat in the book, a new photo shoot created about a girl, a bear and a magical apple. Here is one of the shots:
If all you see are the girls’ dress, look again and color yourself amazed.
The book goes into the details of how and what balloons were used to create each piece, including the incredible banquet of food (!) and flowers (!!) you see on the table. If you’re a fashion fan as well as a dabbler in art, I highly recommend this inspiring book. It is available at Amazon For ¥5,250. In English and Japanese.
I leave you with some favorite pieces:
all work by (c)Daisy Ballon
hitspaper (Takashi Kawada project)