Misa Harada is not at all new to the millinery scene having graduated from RCA in 1994 and cut her hat teeth working with British Royal appointed milliner Frederick Fox as well as collaborating with the likes of Thierry mugler and Katherine Hamnett. With her own collections in couture, luxury and commercial hats, Harada has proved she is well versed in many areas of millinery, enough to grab the attention of Yohji Yamamoto. For the second seson, Harada has designed the hats for Yamamoto, which Dazed Digital have shot here.
Dazed Digital: How did the collaboration with Yohji Yamamoto come about?
Misa Harada: This is my second opportunity to collaborate with Yohji. We first worked together 2 years ago for their SS08 collection – they actually watched this TV documentary I did for a Japanese channel (all about surviving as a hat designer here in the UK) and gave me a call out of the blue! I was invited to their show in Paris to meet up and everything escalated from there. They are an absolute joy to work with, very understanding and respectful to my ideas and suggestions.
DD: Your millinery past has been quite wide ranging from designing for Royals, working on couture pieces and then doing more commercial ranges and working for different designers like Mugler, Hamnett and now Yohji - how would you describe the common Misa Harada signature in everything that you do?
Misa Harada: I graduated from RCA back in 1994 and became a designer for a Royal appointed millinery house, hence my training was strictly in haute couture. After 4 years of catering for such a niche market, I started to question how the future of Hat culture would be; back then the only hats worn by young people were baseball caps and Kangols. I wanted to create the hats which can appeal to young and trend conscious by using an element of couture technique. I think this is how my work has been, to introduce interesting and wearable hats to the world! till this day. I hope working with other catwalk designer will stimulate the market too.
DD: How do you feel about the resurgence of interest in millinery as apparel?
Misa Harada: Absolutely thrilled! This is what I always hoped and how I came to set up my own business – to raise an interest in millinery. A hat is the ultimate tool to make one truly individual.
Photography Neil Francis Dawson
Styling Anna Trevelyan
Hair Hiroki Yoshimori
Hair Assistant Soichi Inagaki
Make Up Thomas de Kluyver using MAC Cosmetics
Models Petter @ D1 and Ludmilla @ Storm
Retouching Danny Fontaine
Ludmilla wears dress by Reem, feather neckpiece by Keko Hainswheeler.
Ludmilla wears dress by Bora Aksu, scarab brooch by Mouton Collet.
Petter wears oxidized tinsel collar, and station hardware necklace by Eddie Borgo, spiked necklace by Mouton Collet.
Petter wears hair neckpiece by Keko Hainswheeler, jersey and bead necklace by Sonia Bischur.