Eiko Ishioka papers


The Eiko Ishioka collection at the Academy Foundation's Margaret Herrick Library comprises the film-related personal documentation and artistic output of production and costume designer Eiko Ishioka (1938-2012). This analog/born-digital collection is unprocessed and contains manuscripts, drawings, photographs, textiles, and costumes, along with a myriad of CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, floppy disks, and portable hard drives. After the 18 month grant period, the collection will provide a deeper understanding into the process of a maverick designer who consistently broke convention across artistic disciplines (BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, 1992; Cirque du Soleil Varekai, 2002; Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, 2008) and a case study in mixed-format processing.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



Academy Foundation


  • Dr. Linda Mehr (Margaret Herrick Library)

Date Range

1985 - 2011

Geographic Scope

The project's scope is international with influences, references, and impact in the U.S., Japan, China, Europe and Africa. Ishioka was Japanese.


  • 4.5 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Artwork (Including Original Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Etc.), Audio (Including Speech And Music), Audiovisual, Book (Including Serials), Dataset (Paper Based Or Electronic), Ephemera, Image, Manuscript, Text (Including Electronic Texts)