Elizabeth Mason, The Paper Bag Princess is proud to invite its preferred clients to a cocktail reception celebrating the introduction of the French designer Fukuko Ando to Beverly Hills. Please join us on Friday October 13th, from 6 PM to 10 PM. at The Paper Bag Princess, Vintage Couture Boutique, 8818 West Olympic Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Inquiries 310 385-9036, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trunk Show to follow from Saturday October 14th through October 21st.
A gallery of Ando’s work and media coverage is availabe from .
Japanese born designer Fukuko Ando has a very personal
vision about fashion. After her studies at the Nagoya
School of Fashion, stimulated and interested in
European fashion, Ando decides to move to Paris in
1991, where she joins the postgraduate program at the
'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture
Parisienne'. Lively and curious, Ando does not
segregate herself to the fashion world and she
explores different territories of culture, religions,
following paths not only cultural but also artistic.
After collaborating with Christian Dior and Christian
Lacroix, Ando matured a confident knowledge of the
technique and successfully elaborates her own
collection. Mostly working with natural noble fabrics,
her garments are the result of a long process.
Ando's clothing reflects her spiritual approach to
life: all of her items are directly draped and sewn on
a mannequin, while the designer with the support of a
mirror checks the evolution of the dress on 360
degrees. Consciously ignoring the pattern and the
geometry of traditional fashion, Ando creates clothing
that respects the body, following its own natural
Often courted by the art world because of her original
presentations and her approach to the fashion business,
today Ando is confident of her role as a fashion designer.
Taking a distance from most contemporary abstract fashion
design, Ando constantly looks for the perfect harmony
between the body and the fabric, creating dresses
infinitely close to human nature.
To underline the profound relationship between her
clothing and the body, Ando has decided to replace
models with the dancers. With the complicity of the
Ballet de l'Opera national de Paris, the extraordinary
participation of Marie-Agnes Gillot,
Ando will materialize the harmony she is
looking for. Under the artistic direction of
Juan 2santos and choreography by Franck Berjont,
the dancers will wear the clothes like
a second skin, and in between the ground and the air
they will achieve what Ando is looking for: the
perfect compatibility between the body and her
clothes, nature and human being.
Text: Daniele Balice