Mikage Shin was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1991. SHE is an aspiring designer for Japan who is rapidly making her way mark within the underground fashion scene. Even though she came to New York in 2017, Mikage has already achieved NYFW, VFW, Miami Fashion Week, Hotel Asia Art Fair 2019's special exhibition successfully. MIKAGE SHIN works were on VOGUE ITALIA, Teen VOGUE, Refinary 29, L'OFFICIEL LITHUANIA and more. On December 31, 2018, her fashion show was also featured by NY1 Spectrum News.
In Mikage’s childhood, her Japanese father and her Korean mother divorced. Mikage and her sister were taken by the mother, and she began to think about―what was the best life for women, what was the importance of nationality, what was the identity―? From these backgrounds, Mikage has been highly interested in social problems. Mikage had challenged lots of social actions since she was in senior high school.
In addition to that, she was really into another thing―FASHION. Mikage was impressed by various fashion styles that could change a person’s impression completely different.
Thanks to fashion, she found that what you liked could shape your real identity. It is not decided by nationality, age, and social status. You can be what you want to be by yourself. Through fashion, she could gain self-confidence.
In 2014, Mikage graduated from Waseda University and entered Dentsu as a marketing planner in 2014. However, she could not give up her dreams. She quit the company and entered PARSONS the New School for Design in 2017 to fulfill her dream. While she was in Parsons School of Design, Mikage Shin became an aspiring designer and got shooting offers from NY based fashion creators. Her works has already been published in several print and digital outlets, including Flanelle Magazine, Soleil Magazine, Afropolitian and more.
Mikage is eager to create new genderless and ageless brands for empowering today’s intelligent self-made woman and individual, who lives in such a difficult time without any unreasonable limitation and stereotype. The 20st century’s art history and 20st century’s social problems highly inspire her avant-garde designs. Since she firmly believes that fashion definitely can promote self-confidence and change their life greatly, she is creating best clothes today.
Saul Leiter, a legendary NYC based fashion photographer and street photographer, captured New Yorkers since he had started his career. MIKAGE SHIN’s next collection was inspired by his warm eyes and very humane feeling to hustling New Yorkers, who live their own life for their own dream, with combining today’s more diverse lifestyle. Mikage got inspiration from Saul Leiter’s tons of photography which captured anonymous working people, and Mikage reinterpreted business suits as more diverse people’s “Daily Armor” to empower all strong individuals of today. Also, Mikage applied Saul Leiter’s flaming method and layering techniques to make daily usable clothes with more dramatic impression such as his photo works. Mikage’s these collection contains a wish for empowering daily challengers’ good luck with humane.