Fashion: Riccardo Tisci gives Japan’s biggest virtual virtuoso an haute couture makeover

(From Vogue)

A singing Japanese hologram named Hatsune Miku has been taking the pop-music world by computer-generated storm. We asked Riccardo Tisci, the flesh-and-blood master of handmade haute couture, to dress her. Exquisiteness ensued.

Hatsune Miku is a sixteen-year-old girl from Sapporo, Japan. She has chic blue-green pigtails (Kylie Jenner isn’t the only A-lister who can pull off fluorescent hair) and sings for a fan base that spikes well into the multimillions. In fact, she’s so popular that she recently had to expand her North American tour, which began on April 23 in Seattle.

Hatsune Miku in Givenchy Haute Couture with the designer, Riccardo Tisci, at the house’s Paris studio.

Hatsune Miku in Givenchy Haute Couture with the designer, Riccardo Tisci, at the house’s Paris studio.

Oh, one more thing: Hatsune Miku is a hologram, an avatar, designed and built with software by the Japanese media firm Crypton Future Media, Inc., as a tool for next-level crowd-sourcing. Miku’s songs—thousands of which are available for purchase through her record label, Karent—are user-generated: The user writes the song, then Miku sings the song. The Mileys and Justins of the world need to step it up. This is the real millennial pop star.

“She’s so cool,” says Riccardo Tisci, almost breathlessly, as he stares at the beauty on an iPhone screen. Earlier in the year, Miku traveled thousands of miles to Paris (via fiber-optic cables, of course) to “meet” with the designer for a couture-gown fitting. Read More



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