Photographer Yuriko Takagi is best known for her photographs of people in avant-garde fashion wear in Asia, Africa, and South America. Her photos highlight the relationship between fashion and corporeality outside of standard high fashion settings. Takagi showcases the beauty of inhabitants of more rural areas in Kenya, Morocco, China, and India claiming that there is a more raw and honest beauty to these people that have such strong connections to the natural. Her photographs heighten the shapes of pieces by Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, and more.
Born in 1951 in Tokyo, Yuriko Takagi began her career originally as a freelance designer and later on proposed her travel photo idea to Issey Miyake who then lent her items for her series “PLEATS PLEASE Travel Through The Planet.” Takagi studied graphic design at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo and fashion design at Trent Polytechnic in England. Her work has been displayed at several museums such as the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan and the Shanghai Art Museum in China.