Rebecca U (AUS), designer/fashion editor/creative director, Tokyo


‘I work fulltime as a graphic designer and illustrator, but at the same time I do freelance styling, art direction and production for overseas clients. Sometimes people will come to Japan to do a shoot but have no idea where to start. So I help them in their search for the right hair stylist, make-up artist, stylist, etc. I coordinate everything so things run according to plan, so the client doesn’t feel any difference with a shoot in his or her own country.’



‘I’m also an online fashion editor for the English magazine Mother. That job consists of all sorts of things: coverage of the Tokyo fashion week, commissioning editorials, reporting about runway shows, portraits of interesting individuals… My background is design but I feel a bit restricted doing only that. I always want to expand my work field but I’m not interested in interning for someone so I just set up my own projects in order to build my personal portfolio. New challenges come regularly. Because, when they asked me at the end of high school what I wanted to do, I had no idea. I wanted to become an actress, but my social anxiety made me extremely shy so that didn’t work out. It did go away, I overcame the anxiety. Most people who know me now see me as an outgoing, social being, but there are still those occasions that I’d rather be home by myself…’


‘My work is very colorful, although you might perceive me as a dark individual. I like contrasting things, especially when their contrast complements each other. Same goes for my tattoos: I wouldn’t even describe myself as someone who’s into tattoos, I just have a lot of friends who are tattoo artists. The story behind my tattoos is usually more theirs than it is mine. I don’t have a lot of tattoos either, and they don’t all match perfectly, but that’s what I love most about them: they’re atypical.’