akiko shinzato focuses another skin jewelry collection on enhancing one's face akiko shinzato focuses another skin jewelry collection on enhancing one's face
aug 05, 2015

akiko shinzato focuses another skin jewelry collection on enhancing one's face

akiko shinzato focuses another skin jewelry collection on enhancing one’s face
all photos by runa anzai, courtesy of akiko shinzato

 

 

 

 

society is obsessed with beauty and the power it is able to project. from simple enhancements like make-up, to the more involved route of cosmetic surgery, we continue to seek ways in which to tweak our appearances and alter how we are perceived by others. with that, someone may not always be as they seem… physically. this is particularly evident through social networking sites which allow users to broadcast themselves in a way that may not always be 100% — whether it’s through edited photographs, or the elaboration of certain points of one’s profile — whereby one can create an ‘identity’.

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head / eye piece made from gold plated brass, vegetable tanned leather and mirror

 

 

 

observing these societal behaviors and our pursuit for beauty and physical attractiveness, akiko shinzato has delicately crafted ‘another skin’, influenced by the aesthetic and structural idea of a pair of pince-nez — a style of glasses used throughout the 19th century that simply pinched someone’s nose to stay in place, rather than using the support of arms. the collection of jewelry addresses the part of the body that is focused on during the first impression, and what people seem to care about most: the face. utilizing precious materials such as leather and crystal, in combination with soft metals, the london-based designer explores how easily one can change their appearance.
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nose piece made from gold plated brass, vegetable tanned leather and mirror

 

 

 

‘another skin’ is composed of two series: ‘wearing make-up’ and ‘putting on someone’s identity’.

 

‘putting on someone’s identity’ is a set of leather pieces in which the wearer mixes her own facial features with that of others, while reflecting on herself in the mirror at the same time. each element partially hides particular characteristics of the individual, while unveiling a completely different identity.

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mouth piece made from gold plated brass, vegetable tanned leather, cultured fresh water pearl and mirrorakiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom
ear piece made from gold plated brass and vegetable tanned leatherakiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom
head / eye piece made from gold plated brass and swarovski crystal

 

 

‘wearing make-up’ uses precious gems to create jewelry that is formed to adopt the features of a painted clown; fragilely hanging from one’s face. void of any kind of humor or foolishness of a comic entertainer. in a way, it speaks to how color and sheen in make-up are used to highlight certain.

 

‘another skin’ questions norms of beauty, and to what lengths we would go to improve our appearance. akiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom
nose piece made from gold plated brass and swarovski crystal akiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom akiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom akiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom
head / eye piece made from gold plated brass and swarovski crystalakiko shinzato another skin jewelry designboom
cheek piece made from gold plated brass and swarovski crystal

 

 

credits:

model: kitty garrett
hair & makeup: yoko minami
stylist: kei terayama

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