Brooklyn-based “soft sculptor”
No problem for Murayama, however, who is as demure as they come. No spotlight for him, thanks
In fact, when I spoke to him about this new work for Givenchy, Murayama gently refused comment and deferred to Givenchy’s own storytelling.
“I’m just a mask maker,” Murayama told me. “I just helped give shape to their ideas.”
Murayama’s Givenchy SS22 designs mirror the edgy ethos of Smith’s sculptures for the show, some of which place jack o’ lanterns and grim reaper sneers atop ceramic basketballs.
Unlike Smith, though, Murayama opted for the real deal: he formed actual basketballs into wearable headgear and handstitched them with leather “thread” to reinforce the ghoulish mouths, sealed with glistening Givenchy zippers.
In the Givenchy runway show,
It’s a fittingly understated treatment for Murayama’s work: he’s been toiling in the background for years, quietly co-signed by creatives like
Gimp masks are having
And it also makes for some killer costumes: Murayama never sells his masks publicly, but they’d be amazing for Halloween, especially given the pumpkin theme.