A graduate of the Kyoto University of Art and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Hideki Seo has served as design assistant to Azzedine Alaïa since 2006, a valuable experience to which he attributes much of his success. This close mentorship led Seo to pursue his own creative direction in his spare time. “In the night, I become the artist and live in my dreams,” says the Hiroshima-born, Paris-based designer.
Seo’s pieces–exaggerated forms emblazoned with bright colors and patterns–draw inspiration from his international travels. From the rich spiritual milieu that pervades life in Tibet to the voluminous garments that allow Eskimo tribes to thrive in harsh climates, Seo’s designs echo the traditions of these foreign cultures. “Through these works, I am considering the boundaries of art,” he explains. “My concept is focused on life and death and how differences in language and culture inform art.”
One principle unites Seo’s body of work: the belief in fashion as an art form. He characterizes himself as both a fashion designer and artist, and his works as wearable sculptures. His background in graphic design allowed him to develop skills and knowledge that proved valuable in the fashion world, and as his career has progressed, Seo defines his work as “more artistic rather than fashion-based.” His inclusion in museum exhibits exploring concepts as diverse as monsters, the chess queen, and fairy tale characters reflects Seo’s commitment to using his art as a medium for exploring universal questions and archetypes.
Hideki Seo, born in Hiroshima, was educated in Kyoto and Antwerp. He is currently based in Paris, France.
Master of Arts in Fashion, Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Design, Kyoto University of Art
2015Hideki Seo: On My Way, projects+gallery, St. Louis, USA
2012Hideki Seo, Galerie Papelart, Paris, France Group Exhibitions
2016Fairy Tale Fashion, Museum at FIT, New York, USA
2015Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2013A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, USA
Special Creator’s Exhibition, rooms 27, Tokyo, Japan
Happy Birthday Dear Academie, ModeMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
2011ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (later traveled to La Gaîté Lyrique and ModeMuseum in 2013).
2004Exhibition (collaboration with Kurt Stallaert), Usage Externe Deux, Brussels, Belgium
2016“A Day in the Life of Alaïa’s First Assistant, Illustrated,” T: The New York Times Magazine
2015“Hideki Seo: Fashion as Art,” Deutsche Welle
“projects+gallery Opens Tonight with ‘On My Way—Hideki Seo’ Show,” St. Louis Magazine
2014“From Paris with Love,” ALIVE Magazine
“Der Rastlose,” Tush
“Interview with Fashion Designer Hideki Seo,” eightframe
“Meeting with Hideki Seo,” L’Officiel
2013“Hideki Seo—Special Creator’s Exhibition—rooms 27,” Tokyo Telephone
“Tokyo, Antwerp, Paris: The World of Hideki Seo,” Ala CHAMP Magazine
“On the Scene: A Queen Within,” Where Now
“Ensemble by Hideki Seo,” ALIVE Magazine
“Créatures de Mode,” L’Express Styles
“Talent ut de Antwerpe Academie: Hideki Seo,” Touché
“Monster Mash: Inside a Cuckoo New Fashion Exhibition,” PAPER Magazine
2012“Hideki Seo,” Traffic Magazine