Born in Japan, 1976
After winning the Special Prize at ITS#FIVE in Trieste, Italy for his graduation collection in 2006, Japanese-born Mikio Sakabe first presented his own collection at Paris Fashion Week in 2007. Design for the Mikio Sakabe label, which now presents in Tokyo, is the joint enterprise of Mikio and his wife Jenfang. His garments are clearly inspired by subcultures – most recently the messed up prints and proportions of 1990s grunge. Mixing both Oriental and Western cultures, Mikio Sakabe's collections infuse a Japanese style with modern European techniques.