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Designer Ishioka dies

Ishioka passed away in Tokyo on Saturday (21Jan12) after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She created costumes for all of director Tarsem Singh’s films, including The Cell, Immortals and the upcoming Snow White movie Mirror Mirror, starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.

Ishioka was honoured with an Academy Award for costume design in 1992 for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, for which she created a suit of armour for Gary Oldman’s title character and a voluminous wedding dress for British actress Sadie Frost.

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She also scooped a Grammy Award for designing the cover of Miles Davis’ 1986 album Tutu, designed the wardrobe for Grace Jones’ Hurricane tour in 2009, and directed Bjork’s Cocoon music video.

Ishioka also took charge of the costumes featured in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

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