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Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka dies

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Published: 27th Jan 2012 12:26:59

Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka, whose designs were worn by Broadway actors and movie stars, has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 73.

Japanese designer Ishioka won an Academy Award in 1992 for her costumes worn in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula.

Her other accolades included a Grammy Award in 1987 and the artistic contribution prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985.

She also designed costumes for the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

Ishioka was presented with a Grammy for her design of the Miles Davis album cover, Tutu.

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It was her production design work on the Paul Schrader film Mishima which was recognised at Cannes and she was nominated for two Tony awards for her work on the 1988 production of M. Butterfly.

More recently, she designed the costumes for the Broadway production of Spider-Man.

The show's producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, dedicated Thursday's performance to the artist and issued a joint statement.

"Her work will continue to touch audiences for years to come," they said.

Ishioka spread her talent across a variety of genres.

She tried her hand at opera, designing the set and costumes for Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Netherlands National Opera, and she directed Bjork's controversial music video for the 2002 single Cocoon.

That same year she designed the racing uniforms and outerwear for the Olympic athletes, who took part in the games in Salt Lake City.

A graduate of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she became the first woman to be elected a member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club.

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