01 Collaboration - Model
One day, I just popped into Figure Of A's studio which is an accessories brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - Shibari, designed by rope artist and fashion designer, Anna Kii.
Even though it was a very sudden visitation Anna was welcoming me and showed her works.
It was a very sensual and striking and a little bit of awkward feeling to wear a rope. I felt very exposed.
I was fighting with my insecurity with my own body inside at first.
And I explained to her about my show and she generously made this costume for my show.
Especially On the 'Voice of Aiko' with the pink suit that I wore, It gave me some sort of sensation of tension that I can not feel in everyday life.
It feels like becoming of a Sailor moon from just a normal student.
I like to wear her work with other clothes that I have.
It just shifts the whole mood into a very special one. Don't feel any insecurity anymore when I wear it.
And I think that is the power of her work. It empowers who wear.
Figure of A is an accessories brand inspired by Japanese rope bondage - Shibari, designed by rope artist and fashion designer, Anna Kii.
After practising rope bondage for 4 years, Anna’s idea of wearable Shibari was born - tying together her passion for Shibari and design. Figure of A translates traditional rope patterns used for binding the body to clothes and accessories, where rope has both a functional and decorative purpose.
Edgy, architectural, feminine and body-aware, Figure of A pieces function equally well as part of your everyday styling as they do as part of a fetish-heavy ensemble. It is Anna’s hope that her product’s wearability and amenity with contemporary fashion will help lift Shibari from the underground, recontextualising the art form in the public imagination to the aesthetic, sensual and consensual practise it truly is.
All pieces are handmade from top quality leather and custom made ropes.
Tied in London.