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Studied under designer Jun-ichi Nakahara
1960 Appointed Consulting Designer at Takashimaya
1966-76 Served as the exclusive designer to H.I.H. the Crown Princess (now Empress) and, over the years, with the support of members of the Imperial family, the international diplomatic corps, and political and economic leaders, has made contributions to international goodwill
1994 Established the “Ashida Foundation” to aid educational projects
Design of uniforms for the Japanese teams to the Hiroshima Asian Games and to the Atlanta Olympic Games, and for numerous business corporations
2013 October: Celebrated the 50th anniversary of his fashion house

DECORATIONS

Purple Ribbon Medal: Japan
Order of the Rising Sun: Japan
Officer in the Order of Merit: France
Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters: France
Officer in the Order of Merit: Italy
Officer in the Order of Merit: Luxembourg

PUBLICATIONS

Boku wa Young Man
Hige no Sori Nokoshi
Tomei na Jikan
Hitodori no Sukunai Michi
Watashi no Rirekisho

HISTORY

-1930 Born into the house of a Japanese doctor

-1950 Studied under designer Jun-ichi Nakahara

-1960 Appointed Consulting Designer at Takashimaya Appointed Consulting Designer at Teijin Ltd

-1964 Presented his first collection in Tokyo and has continued his bi-annual collections in succeeding years Designed uniforms for the male and female official interpreters at the Olympic Games in Tokyo

-1965 Supplied clothes for H.I.H Prince Hironomiya (now Crown Prince)

-1966 Appointed the exclusive designer to Her Imperial Highness, the Crown Princess (now Empress), and served in this capacity for a period of 10 years, and in succeeding years has served princesses of all the branches of the imperial family Presented the Jun Ashida collection for girls

-1971 Received the Fashion Editor’s Club Award as the outstanding designer of the year

-1977 Presented his first collection in Paris, for autumn-winter 1977-78

-1982 Presented the Jun Ashida Collection in Hawaii as a charity show for the Japanese Women’s Society of Honolulu, and was honored to receive two “Resolutions”, one from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate of the State of Hawaii

-1984 Contributed the column “Kurashi no Esprit” in the Sankei Shimbun

-1986 Published “Boku wa Young Man”, a collection of essays

-1989 Opened “Jun Ashida Paris” at 34 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris, his first boutique in Europe Was awarded the insignia of Knight in the Order of Merit of Italy

-1991 Decorated with the Purple Ribbon Medal, the highest award in Japan for cultural and artistic achievement

-1993 Designed dresses for H.I.H. the Crown Princess, which were worn at ceremonies at the time of her wedding

-1994 Designed uniforms for the Japanese team to the Asian Games in Hiroshima

-1995 In response to a request from the United Nations Association of Japan, presented his spring-summer 1996 collection as one of the official events in Japan celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations

-1996 Designed uniforms for the Japanese team to the Olympic Games in Atlanta

-1997 Contributed the column “Asu e no Wadai” in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun

-1998 Published “Hige no Sori Nokoshi“, a collection of essays

-1999 Designed dresses for Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which were worn on the State Visit to Japan

-2000 Awarded the insignia of Officer in the National Order of Merit of France

-2002 Registered his original design “Compass” with the Patent Office

-2003 Awarded the insignia of Officer in the Order of Merit of Italy

-2005 Contributed the column “Jun Ashida no Bi no Dojo” in the Sankei Shimbun

-2006 Decorated by the Emperor with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon Awarded the insignia of Officer in the Order of Merit of Luxembourg

-2009 Contributed the column “Watashi no Rirekisho” in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun

-2010 Awarded the insignia of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters of France Publication by Kadokawa Group Holdings of “Tomei na Jikan” (A Time for Reflection), a collection of essays Registered his original pants design “Bambou” with the Patent Office Contributed the column “Bi no Rhythm” with Kyodo News Service

-2011 Publication by Nihon Keizai Shimbun of “Hito Dori no Sukunai Michi” (The Road Less Taken), a collection of essays detailing the life and career of Jun Ashida

-2013 October: Presented the Jun Ashida 50th Anniversary Collection