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The design world lost one of its great, idiosyncratic talents in January, with the death of Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka. Her often phantasmagorical portfolio included the following:


Oscar-winning designs for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 remake of Dracula.



The Grammy-winning cover of Miles Davis’s 1986 album Tutu, in collaboration with photographer Irving Penn.



The costumes worn by the gajillion participants in the opening ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.



The wardrobe for Julie Taymor’s original version of the critically lambasted, hugely successful Broadway Spiderman.



And the costumes for all four of Indian director Tarsem Singh’s films:


The Cell (2000), starring JLo as a child psychologist and Vincent D’Onofrio as a comatose serial killer (that’s him with the nipple rings).



The Fall (2006), starring Lee Pace as a hospitalized stuntman.




Immortals (2011), in which the gods of Olympus get some hard-core headgear (that’s Kellan Lutz as Poseidon).




And most recently, Mirror Mirror, a Snow White remix with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen.





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Ned Cramer

thumbnail image Ned Cramer is editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT, and editorial director of ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING, ECO-STRUCTURE, and METALMAG, published by Hanley Wood, a Washington, D.C.-based business media company. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Cramer served as the first full-time curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), where he organized public programs and exhibitions such as "A Century of Progress: Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair" and "New Federal Architecture: The Face of a Nation." At CAF, projects under Cramer's direction received support from foundations and corporations such as Altria, Boeing, the Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the McCormick-Tribune Foundation. He speaks regularly on architecture, design, and related issues. The Avery Architectural Index lists nearly 100 articles with Cramer's byline, many written in his former capacity as executive editor of Architecture magazine. The recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer has held positions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston. Cramer is an alumnus of the Rice University School of Architecture. He was born and raised in St. Louis.