Arts in Context

Austin artist uses Japanese heritage to design dazzling works of wearable art

Austin artist uses Japanese heritage to design works of wearable art

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Echo Higuchi always had her sights set on being a fashion designer, but life has a funny way of making dreams come true. The Japanese daughter of two artists found herself performing as a fire dancer, but when she needed a new costume it was her chance to begin creating wearable art.

"For me, this is natural," she says. "I make things every day. I come up with different ideas, and I love friends who always give me ideas. Everything is all about collaboration."

Part of Higuchi's name even mirrors the Chinese symbol for art, so it was natural that she would build a career out of creative construction.

"We put the best of our ability into one project, to make beautiful pieces," Higuchi says. "I feel so happy that people are wearing my art and using it to do their art."

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Echo Higuchi outfit
One of Echo Higuchi's creations. Photo courtesy of Echo Higuchi