Ryuichi Sakamoto models in Opening Ceremony’s AW19 lookbook

Ryuichi Sakamoto © Sebastian Kim for Opening Ceremony
© Sebastian Kim for Opening Ceremony

The composer features alongside leading Asian and Asian-American cultural figures, including playwright David Henry Hwang and author Jenny Han.

Ryuichi Sakamoto has been cast in Opening Ceremony’s AW19 ready-to-wear lookbook. An exploration of Asian identity, Sakamoto was lensed by photographer Sebastian Kim alongside the likes of playwright David Henry Hwang, author Jenny Han, artist Chella Man, actress Greta Lee and designer Anna Sui.

In an interview with Huffington Post, Humberto Leon, one half of Opening Ceremony together with Carol Lim, expressed admiration towards Sakamoto for having “broken the boundaries of not needing to only work in your field,” due to his substantial work in cinema, including the score for The Revenant.

Discussing the duo’s AW19 collection, Leon, who was born to a Chinese mother and Peruvian father, said, “The message we are saying is that community is everything, love yourself, and assimilation is passé; celebrate individuality and love your heritage.” The collection draws inspiration from Hong Kong actresses Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung and was celebrated during New York Fashion Week via a large-scale Lunar New Year party entitled Pig Out, in reference to the last animal of the Chinese Zodiac.

Check out the lookbook below via Opening Ceremony’s official Instagram page. Soundtrack your Year of the Pig celebrations with a mix of traditional Chinese music selected by Howie Lee.