It’s time to warp at chic speed…to the past. November, to be exact, when Tokyo’s accessory-making prodigal son held the exhibition for his newest collection “INSECTA”. Joji rose to global status as a designer when Lady Gaga wore his mask on the cover for her Monster album. But rather than get ahead of himself Joji has been working away at his couture order-only collections since in his atelier (which he just moved from the quiet south of Tokyo to ritzy Ebisu. Fancy!). This newest collection follows his from last year which was inspired by wild animals “Utopia” though this time it’s insects.
Rather than get too literal, he took the outline of the shape of their exoskeletons, curves, claws and horns and made them into a series of impossibly perfectly polished armor rings. My little hand does not do them justice!
Then, for a more accessible choice, these are more affordable charms inspired by different butterflies that Joji makes by hand. He said that many of his customers end up wearing them with kimono. It sounds like a magical combination!
Joji created a beautiful video to go with this collection… I watched it about 5 times before I snapped out of the hypnotizing gaze.
Don’t forget his archives and past pieces, which are all amazing and have been displayed at top boutiques and hotels all around the world.
1987年 アメリカ、カリフォルニア生まれ。 15歳ころから独学でジュエリー制作を始め、多摩美術大学でグラフィックデザイン、写真、タイポグラフィを専攻。 在学中からLADY GAGAのアルバムジャケットに作品を提供するなど世界から注目され、 2010年自身のブランド「JOJI KOJIMA」をスタート。「RESTIR」東京、「L’ECLAIREUR」パリ、「JOYCE」香港など、各国のセレクトショップ等でコレクションを発表する傍ら、 国内外のアーティストへの衣裳提供やアートディレクションなども手がける。
Born 1987 in California, U.S.A.
He started learning to make accessories by himself at the age of 15 or so, and majored in graphic design, photography and typography in Tama Art University.While he was still in college, he attracted attention from different people in the world for contributing his works to one of LADY GAGA’s albums, and in 2010 established his own brand, JOJI KOJIMA.
He has published his works at first-class select shops such as
RESTIR in Tokyo, L’ECLAIREUR in Paris, and JOYCE in Hong Kong. He is also engaged in providing various artists in and around Japan with costumes and art directions.