Driven by the philosophy that fashion is a posture, a performance, and a living act, AKIKOAOKI seeks to create a novel and nostalgic world of fashion by drawing out the fantasy that hides beneath the surface of everyday life.
Through a deconstruction and reassembly of the essence of womenswear, AKIKOAOKI offers a vision that is not only classic and delicate, but also unique, subversive and individual.
青木 明子 / Akiko Aoki
女子美術大学ファッション造形学科卒業後、ロンドンのCentral Saint Martins にてファッションを学ぶ。
AKIKOAOKI is a Tokyo-based womenswear label by designer Akiko Aoki.
After graduating from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Akiko continued her studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Following this, Akiko returned to Tokyo and worked as a design assistant before launching her own label during Tokyo Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.
Shortlisted as one of the semifinalists in the 2018 edition of the LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize, held an exhibition in Paris shortly after.
In the same year, Akikoaoki won the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix Shiseido Sponsorship Award for Best New Designer.
In the same month, she received the “Rising Star of the Year” award presented by VOGUE JAPAN to support the new generation of women active in the fashion scene in Japan and abroad.
Selected as a winner of Fashion Asia Hong Kong 2018. Presented at the Hong Kong Design Center.
In 2019, AKIKOAOKI was selected for a program sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to exhibit at the Tomorrow Showroom in Paris.
In 2022, selected as a winner of TOKYO FASHION AWARD.