Eiko Ishioka

Designer
Eiko Ishioka

Female

Born: July 12, 1938
Tokyo, Japan

Died: January 21, 2012
Tokyo, Japan

Obituary: Eiko Ishioka, a designer who worked in film and theatre, and designed the costumes for the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, died on Jan. 21 2012 in Tokyo. She was 73. The cause was pancreatic cancer.

Ms. Ishioka's designs, a mix of eastern and western influences, and often wildly flamboyant, included the costumes of the Francis Ford Coppola film "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and for the Cirque du Soleil show Varekei. She worked internationally, and was honored in disparate fields, winning an Oscar, a Cannes Film Festival honor and a Grammy. She was also the costume designer for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

For the Broadway stage, Ms. Ishioka designed sets and costumes for David Henry Hwang’s east-meets-west drama M. Butterfly, for which she earned two Tony nominations and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Her work is currently seen in the show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, where the web-spinning hero faces not only a gargoyle-like Green Goblin but his army of fantastically clad henchmen, including a man composed of a swarm of bees and a creature made up of razor-sharp cutlery.

"We mourn the passing of Eiko Ishioka, a great woman and a great artist. Her extraordinary contribution to Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is but one part of an incredible legacy," said producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris in a statement. "Her work will continue to touch audiences for years to come, but she will be greatly missed."

Eiko Ishioka was born in Tokyo on July 12, 1938. She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Soultanakis, whom she married last year.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark
Jun. 14, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2014
Costume Designer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - David Copperfield: Dreams and Nightmares David Copperfield: Dreams and Nightmares
Dec. 5, 1996 - Dec. 29, 1996
Visual Artistic Director
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - M. Butterfly M. Butterfly
Mar. 20, 1988 - Jan. 27, 1990
Scenic Design
(Original)
 
    Costume Design
(Original)
 
 

Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2003 Outstanding Costume Design Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Nominee
1988 Outstanding Set Design M. Butterfly Nominee
1988 Outstanding Costume Design M. Butterfly Nominee

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2012 Outstanding Costume Design Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2012 Costume Design of a Musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Nominee
1988 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) M. Butterfly Nominee
1988 Costume Design (Play or Musical) M. Butterfly Nominee
 
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