Custom corseted dress in a colourful, graphic jacquard and ruffled silk-mix cape. In an ode to her Haitian and Japanese heritage, Naomi and her sister Mari, collaborated closely with Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director of Women’s collections, to create this gown. Mari designed the unique print, which started as a digital watercolor art piece and incorporates images of Koi fish. Nicolas Ghesquiere was inspired by this print, which covers the bustier and skirt, throughout the design process. The silk taffeta, structured bustier turns into split tulip skirt, complete with a large silk bow under the bust, inspired by an obi belt. The structured dress is contrasted by a floor length, ruffled cape. The cape’s 22 ruffles required 18 metres of leather satin, finished with a 50-metre silk hem. This look required 143 hours of pattern designing, cutting and placing and took a further 150 hours to complete.
Naomi Osaka is a co-chair of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.