Jacques (1956). English designer born in Casablanca. At the young age of 20 he launched his own line. It came to a halt two years later, but was stubbornly resumed in 1978. He worked in London with Jane Culliman, who decorated his clothes with flowers. This design partnership has made a name for itself with bridal wear in particular.
Sir Hardy Amies leaves the helm of the historic house on Savile Row bearing his name and is succeeded as chief designer by Jacques Azagury.
The first Collection created by Azagury for Autumn-Winter 2002 is never put on sale and the creative staff is replaced.
The Luxury Brands Group, owner of Hardy Amies, decides to dismiss the designer, breaking the agreement which provided for the preparation of two Collections. His replacement is Ian Garland.
Azagury designs some of the dresses worn by the female stars during the Bafta Award, the annual awards ceremony for British television.

Araki, Nobuyoshi

Araki Nobuyoshi (1940). Japanese photographer born in Tokyo, the fifth of seven children. He graduated from the Univ. of Chiba.

Araki Nobuyoshi (1940). Japanese photographer born in Tokyo, the fifth of seven children. In 1963, after graduating in Engineering from the Univ. of Chiba with a concentration in photography and cinematography, Nobuyoski was hired by the advertising agency Dentsu, where he would stay for nine years. Very attentive to the scenographic side of photography, he constantly photographed all aspects of reality with every model of camera. He worked with ease in both color and black and white, with frequent recourse to the expressivity of instant Polaroid film. Indeed he used as a kind of block-notes.

Japan for years banned explicit nudity. In fact until the 1980s every picture showing pubic hair was censored or destroyed. Araki proposed a different and bravely daring vision. His explicit references to sexuality and to bondage, and the immediacy of his nudes, were set in a wider context dominated by the presence of an extremely modern urban landscape as well as by the traditional interior décor of the Japanese house.

Sentimental journey

His most famous work, Sentimental Journey, followed his relationship with his wife Yoko Aoki from 1971 to 1990, when she prematurely passed away. The exaltation of the female body and a subtle polemic against its commercialization are traits also present in the many advertising campaigns and fashion reports. They were always accompanied by haunting short films shot backstage in video by an assistant. Additionally they now considered one of the most famous contemporary Japanese photographers.

He began to exhibit his works in Japan in 1965, in Europe in 1994 and in the U.S. in 1995. His most important exhibits were in Paris, in Tokyo and at the Museo Pecci in Prato.

From 2000

In 2009 Araki was one of five international artists selected by the Louvre Museum to represent artistic variety in the comic industry.

Then the manga that appeared in Japan arrives in Italy in 2012.

From September 17th to October 6th, 2011, the Gucci store in Shinjuku hosted an exhibition. It was called the “Gucci x Hirohiko Araki x Spur ‘Kishibe Rohan Gucci and Iku’ Exposition”. This was collaboration between the Italian fashion house, the Japanese author and the fashion magazine by Shūeisha Spur.

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