Naoki Takizawa was born in Tokyo in 1960. A year after graduating from the Kuwasawa Design School in 1981, he got his first job at Issey Miyake. From 1993, he was responsible for the men’s line of Issey Miyake, and from 1999 he became chief designer for the whole Issey Miyake collection. Besides the brand’s collection, he has energetically been collaborating with creators and artists such as Daido Moriyama, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami et al. In 1999 Takizawa received The New York Dance and Performance Award for the costume design of William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. He also designed the interior curtain of the Musée du quai Branly, for which he received the French honour of “Chevalier des arts et des lettres” in 2007. Naoki Takizawa’s great tailoring skills are never an end in themselves. They are driven by a deep belief in everyday serviceability and wearability. After he established his studio his realm of creation extended to uniforms, such as the clothes for working staff at a rehabilitation centre, museums, and restaurants.
Having established his studio in 2006, Takizawa decided to take his show on the road, debuting the collection here rather than Paris, Miyake's stomping ground, simply because he wanted a change.
His very first own ready-to-wear collection, shown in New York in 2007, was greeted with great enthusiasm in the press.
Trained by Issey Miyake himself before his retirement, Naoki Takizawa continues his mentor's legacy. Like his mentor, Noaki Takizawa experiments with fabrics and textures. He also incorporates other elements such as music and dance into his fashion designs.