We all know Lady Gaga with her music and fashion.  Most of all Lady Gaga is well known for heel less shoes she manages to walk in.  The man responsible for those crazy shoe creation is Noritaka Tatehana.


Noritaka Tatehana was born into a family running a public bathhouse, Kabuki-yu, in Kabukicho, an entertainment district located in the center of Tokyo. His father is a president of a company and his mother is an instructor of Waldorf dolls, used in Waldorf or Steiner education. Noritaka was raised in Kamakura, where he initially started making dresses and shoes, all self-taught, when he was 15. He studied Fine Arts and Sculpture at the Tokyo National University of the Arts, later majored in dyeing and weaving. He did a research on “Oiran” or the courtesans of high rank in Edo period (1600-mid 1800). In the meantime, he created kimonos and getas (Japanese clogs) using Yuzen, the traditional Japanese dyeing method. In 2010, he established his own maison, “NORITAKA TATEHANA”. Every step of the manufacturing process of his shoes are handcrafted by the designer himself. Not only are his collection pieces held with admiration in the fashion industry, but they draw attention from the art world as well. His works are widely known to be loved by Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness. -From noritakatatehana.com

Here are some of his collection

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He also introduced some accessories last year:

Kanzashi (hair picks)

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Leather Pouches

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And Lady Gaga in Tatehana’s creation- I don’t know how she could jump in those…

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Don’t take your eyes off of Tatehana.  I’m sure he will continue to surprise the world with his talent.



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