Shingo Tokihiro Profile

Costume designer,

Born in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. As a freelance journalist, Tokihiro covered fashion and the arts in general and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Established the fashion office Lyric in 1987, Tokihiro has been active as a costume designer for the stage since the opera The Magic Flute in 1990.

Tokihiro’s unique style has been described as ‘literary lyricism’ and ‘wind-worn’ costumes. Since then, she has been highly acclaimed at Shakespeare festivals in Romania, Germany and Poland, as well as in Malaysian musicals, the National Theatre, Kodo and other domestic and international stages. She is also active in organising stage costume workshops in Japan and abroad.

As a director, she started the ‘Seeds of Beauty Project’ in 2010, a citizen’s art movement created by artists across disciplines, which has been held in 11 cities including Aichi, Kyoto, Kobe, Kanazawa and Osaka. He has been commissioned to compose and direct performances with public participation in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Shiiba Village, Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima Prefecture and Chino City, Nagano Prefecture.

Tokihiro’s unique performance. In 2012, he made his debut at the Shingo Tokihiro Costume Exhibition ‘Dream of Time’ at the Performing Arts Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the expressive form of ‘sozo-tsuki’, which is neither dance nor dance, but letting the costume speak for itself. Seiren has attracted attention in Japan and abroad, including the People’s Republic of China, Russia, the USA and the United Nations, for its ability to ‘change the atmosphere as soon as it appears’. He has also been asked to perform in plays such as Dramatic Ancient History due to his presence.