Hiroaki Ohya is an enigma of the fashion world. he straddles the line between fashion and art. For instance, his “Ohya The Wizard of Jeanz”
series of fabric books that, when unfolded, become articles of clothing such as an origami inspired dress, or a pencil skirt. He created these in a series of 21 books that were inspired by both his disgruntlement of the transient, disposable nature of some fashion and the
permanence of books. His books have since travele
d to be a part of art exhibits and private collections around the globe.
I had the pleasure of meeting Hiroaki Ohya and see this series of books in person. I remember sitting in the amphitheater and seeing this intriguing metamorphosis and thinking “Aaaah… there is a place for me here” (as in the fashion/art world).
Throughout his career, Ohya’s work has been creative and refreshing. And not always all that wearable.
“Ohya says he has no interest in beautifying the human form: “Fashion should be more about stories and fantasies that transport us from the daily grind.” Large origami forms, ripped fabric, giant silhouettes on skinny people…it can be both ridiculous and genius. See photos and read more at www.Powerhousemuseum.com