Misa Harada is a Japanese milliner graduated from the Royal College of Art (London, UK). After her solo debut in 1998, her women’s collection captured the fashion scene in Paris Fashion Week and since then she has been designing the most beautiful hats both for couture and commercial ranges.
Celebrating Harada’s career of more than 20 years, you can have a look at her amazing designs at “Hats Off!” exhibition at the Pola Museum Annex in Ginza.
Harada’s hats and headpieces are elegant, quirky, edgy and whimsical altogether.
Many of her designs are asymmetrical and incorporate her trademark trimmings of velvet, leather, feathers, crystal, buckles and prints to name but a few.
Harada is well-known for her use of luxury fabrics and a unique craftsmanship showing off her millinery techniques. A corner of the gallery mocks her studio and displays her milliner tools, sketches and portfolio.
Harada has collaborated with international designers as Thierry Mugler, Yohji Yamamoto, Hermes and Missoni and have received commissions from royalty and some of the world’s best-known celebrities (when Queen Elizabeth celebrated her golden jubilee in 2002, she chose a hat by Harada).
Her collections are often featured in fashion magazines like Vogue and W and can be found in Bloomingdales, Fortnum & Mason and Le Bon Marche.
“I make hats for people who move with the times, icons of everyday life, I’m not scared of taking risks.”
– Misa Harada, Bloomberg Businessweek 2007
I’d like to thank Pola Museum’s staff who kindly let me shoot this amazing exhibition… ありがとうございます!!
How to get there? (Map Via Pola Museum)
“Misa Harada: Hats Off!” Pola Museum Annex: 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Closest Station: Ginza Station (Hibiya & Ginza Lines) Ginza-itchome Station (Yurakucho Line); Yurakucho Station (JR lines). Entrance FREE – Photography inside the gallery is OK! – Ends on December 29th, 2015 – Follow HERE & HERE
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