The couture latex designer represents an oasis of glamour and excitement on London’s Holloway Road. Famous fans include Kate Moss, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé… Atsuko Kudo succumbs to our 20 questions.
Disorder: What are you working on right now?
Atsuko Kudo: Some secret projects and some Halloween spectaculars!
D: What people, places or things inspire you?
AK: Love and open-mindedness.
D: What artists turn you on?
AK: The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is cool. But I love so many others –Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Vivienne Westwood. And I love the film In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai.
D: What is your ultimate ambition?
AK: I want to make the world a shinier place.
D: What is the secret of your success?
AK: Don’t take no for an answer. Great things never come easy. Try your best all the time.
D: What has been the biggest surprise/lesson along the way?
AK: When you keep trying at it you can actually make a difference. It’s important to work with great people.
D: Who was your first crush?
AK: Someone from school. Long time ago now.
D: Who is your favourite fictional hero?
D: What/where do you like to eat or drink?
AK: I like drinking wine with Western food and if it’s Japanese or Oriental I may go with sake or even sometimes Prosecco.
D: Where do you feel most yourself?
AK: When I am at home.
D: When are you at your worst?
AK: I cannot let things go easily, but that works for both good and bad ways – I think!
D: What would you most like to change in the world?
AK: So sad that I feel the world is going to a crazy place at the moment. Brexit is a nightmare and so are Trump and Putin. Love is the answer.
D: What talent do you wish you had?
AK: If I could dance…
D: What is your dominant characteristic?
D: What do you appreciate most in your friends?
AK: I am so lucky to have a great husband, friends and co-workers. Thanks for their support and inspiration.
D: What innovation/invention do you love most?
AK: Creating new techniques and styles with latex.
D: Unpaid endorsement: what can you recommend?
AK: I have vintage dresses, which I would highly recommend but which you can’t find again. Maybe that’s part of the appeal.
D: What is your idea of happiness?
AK: Be yourself and be with people you love.
D: What is your present state of mind?
D: What would you do if you were not doing this?
AK: Maybe motherhood…