Akira Maki arrived in New York in 1974, after three years of training with one of Japan's top designers, Mme. Minami, a specialist in the art of bias. Within two years, Akira was the guiding hand behind Halstons' bias-cut line, and soon became Halston's chief assistant designer for evening wear. On his own since 1981, Akira is a champion of the bias cut, and his flowing gowns have adorned luminaries like Nancy Reagan, the Duchess of Marlborough, and Marilyn Quayle (whose inaugural gown he designed).
Author Ann Hyde shares patterns and techniques from the mastermind behind Halston's eveningwear.
From Threads #37
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