If one word could encapsulate the work of this Japanese designer, it would be “poetry”:
poetry in the way she creates her garments, beginning with the sensation that the textures
of the fabrics produce in her ﬁ ngertips; poetry in the way she extracts from her materials
diﬀ erent modes of covering a model while utilizing volumes in the creation of a dress as if
she were fashioning a work of pottery.
After completing her studies in literature, she decided to enroll as a fashion design student
at the Mode Gakuen vocational school in Nagoya. She later continued her design training
at the renowned Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, with the goal of understand-
ing Western body forms. And there’s no doubt she was successful in this endeavor, as the
work of this personal and intimate designer with such big-name ﬁ rms in French fashion as
Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix makes undoubtedly clear.
From these masters she learned the secrets of haute couture, which she then applied to her
own vision of fashion. For Fukuko Ando, the creative process signiﬁ es an immersion in her
own subjective world, a kind of ceremony that involves making garments on a model in
front of a mirror so that she can see the evolution of the dress from all perspectives, thereby
creating clothes that respect the shape of the human ﬁ gure.
She is a clear example that the world of fashion reﬂ ects not only the spirit of the times but
also a personal vision and way of understanding beauty, establishing a dialogue with the
fabric on the changing and movable surface of the human form.
Photography by Luigi Migani