Japanese designer, Mikio Sakabe, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, has created a super avant-guard mixture of contemporary construction methods (like 3D printing), with a high fashion aesthetic, with his brand, Giddy Up.
“I thought now is the good time to do something together: fashion and technology, mixing these different backgrounds,” he says. “To create something entirely new, fashion really needs to think not only of design but also fresh materials.”
Mikio’s vision was to “create a new human, who is living in the future—the balance of technology and reality.”
As refreshing, and mad, as the designs are, they clearly need a little more work before they’re ready for commercialisation (it looks like most of the uppers haven’t been attached to the sole just yet). But it seems with the backing Mikio has from companies like DMM (a Japanese e-commerce company), the financials needed to cover development costs and commercialisation shouldn’t be a issue, and we should hopefully see some more ready-to-market styles in the near future.
Until then though, you can immerse yourself in the creative insanity that is Giddy Up, in the pictures below.
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