Italian Fashion Designer Riccardo Tisci Gives Hatsune Miku a Makeover

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Hatsune Miku’s worldwide popularity has been surging recently, with her latest PlayStation 4 and PS Vita game set for an August release in North America, an ongoing North American musical tour, and more.

Now, renowned Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci has put his attention on the virtual singer.

In a short but interesting piece by Vogue, the Italian designer has taken his handmade haute couture expertise to a real-life mannequin representing Miku. You can find the end result featured above.

“She’s so cool,” Riccardo said while gazing at her digital persona via an iPhone screen. The designer “met” Miku earlier this year, so that he could get a couture-gown fitting completed prior to the exclusive Givenchy show – which Miku has access to.

“The outfit has multiple types of lace with some crocodile trim,” said Tisci, “and intermittently, though you can’t see them from far away, there are individual Swarovski crystals.”

Tisci remarks on the cutting-edge, surreal feeling of working with a digital avatar – probably a first in his industry. “It’s insane—Japan is 20, 30 years ahead of the rest of us,” Tisci said.

Protective fans out there may get a little jealous to hear of what Tisci had to say of her new look. “I want to ask her to be my date,” says Tisci. “But… let’s see what she says. She might be too busy.”

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X is set for an August 30th release on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in North America.

Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

  1. PenguinPlayer
    May 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    “I want to ask her to be my date,” says Tisci. “But… let’s see what she says. She might be too busy.”

    Go for it, don’t let your waifu dream be just dreams!

  2. Jack
    May 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    That’s pretty neato
    That miku looks really weird though, on the face

  3. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    May 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Without the context, I’d have thought this was a satire article about an Italian fashioner fulfilling his dreams of dressing up his waifu which in a way is exactly what the real article is.

  4. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    May 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    2D’s gotta stay 2D

  5. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    May 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Don’t tell him to do it, the last time someone popular was told to follow their dreams they made FFXIII into a trilogy.

  6. Minuteworld92
    May 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    FUCK. NO.

  7. deadeye
    May 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    “It’s insane—Japan is 20, 30 years ahead of the rest of us.”

    I rather think that only Japan would come up with a digital pop star, but that’s just me.

    There’s really nothing about it that’s super high tech. The technology has been there, just only Japan is using it for this sort of thing.

  8. KissDisqus
    May 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    He’s actually big time in the fashion world. Even if crypton offered a pretty penny I’m amazed he would waste his time on it.

  9. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    May 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    That dress simply does not go well with Miku, IMO.

  10. No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 3, 2016 at 4:57 pm


  11. Mr0303
    May 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    The outfit looks a bit tacky to me, but I suppose Miku can sing Italian opera in it.

  12. Minuteworld92
    May 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    that FACE does not belong on miku…

  13. 7-D Sensei
    7-D Sensei
    May 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm


  14. Minuteworld92
    May 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I don’t want miku to get popuar with normies ;_;

  15. EinMugenTenshin
    May 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I actually thinks it looks pretty decent.

    I got to say though, the recent virtual characters becoming fashion icons does represent a kind of future cultural growth in a way, as the artist here mentions. The model’s brand can be taken to hit particular artistic impressions, messages and/or demographics and be used in different way than before. The representation becomes more accurate towards the artist’s vision and the story they want to tell, and the performance of the models exactly how she/he envisions, every time single time. Seeing as these characters are not of this world, the importance and center of attention of said character can also be given much more resources as there is no possibility of them dying off, getting in an accident or performing actions/breaking contract and/or other scenarios which could ruin a project. It could also be used to harvest experience, techniques and knowledge from expert models, well up in their ages, where this personnel can deepen their expertise on a particular model arch type/and or age group. As such their personal mortal limitations of aging, looks and other worldly handicaps, simply becomes a none issues.

    This again allows for the character to take on traits of many different disciplines. They might have a fitting voice, body model, actor, action/gymnastic actor and so on. This again creates a possibility of breeding complete new types of characters to make the foundation of whatever imagine you’d want to create. It also becomes a system, or a business entity, where no mere individual can claim ownership.
    As such, from a business standpoint, these “individuals” take far less risk to work with and bet your money on, as you’d know they’d be exemplarily business partners, both on and off stage, but also over the course of time.

  16. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    May 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    not quite, I mean depending on how you define “digital pop star” you could count things like Gorillaz

  17. Guin
    May 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Rich Italian dude dresses his dollfie dream. That’s prerry much what this is.

  18. Guin
    May 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    It actually reminds me of one of Project Diva’s alternate outfit modules.

  19. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    May 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Tisci sei il miglior wapanese di sempre lol..
    Translation: Tisci you’re the best wapanese of all the time..

  20. MusouTensei
    May 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    More normies = more censorship.

  21. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    May 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    And more normies means more of the general normie faggotry when something niche becomes mainstream.

  22. sanic
    May 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Thought fashion designers would ruin it but not so far…

  23. Sapph
    May 3, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    What about The Archies and Josie and the Pussy Cats. They’ve actually had a sound since the late 60’s, early 70’s.

  24. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    May 3, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I’m surprised no one was like “Brandon, you read vogue?”

    …..well, I aggregate lots of news >_>

  25. scemar
    May 3, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Japan isn’t ahead on technology.

    They are ahead socio-culturally, in the way they have embraced it to make dreams come true.

  26. scemar
    May 3, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I prefer her original outfit the most.

  27. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    May 3, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Well he’s clearly not a SJW fashion designer…if he had been it would most likely have been a Mao suit she was wearing.

  28. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    May 3, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Not often I say this, but it is nice to see gaming stuff used for non gaming stuff. This is what gaming stuff can be used for to show those pesky non gamers out there that the industry isn’t just about tits and guns like the SJWs claim it is.
    ..Tisci is right, that dress looks great on her.

  29. Minuteworld92
    May 3, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    on a side note, I saw that david letterman video where miku was a guest star. cringey as all fuck.

  30. Daniel Rossevelt
    Daniel Rossevelt
    May 4, 2016 at 1:15 am

    “Protective fans out there may get a little jealous”

    I think you mean delusional XD

  31. Smug
    May 4, 2016 at 1:59 am

    It’s too barbie doll-like
    Would have been better if it was more moe.

  32. 7-D Sensei
    7-D Sensei
    May 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Think we can get this nigga to make some of Miku outfits?

  33. CommanderZx2
    May 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I think the idea of the virtual popstar was invented by William Gibson in the book Idoru, released in 1996.

    Here’s a wikipedia article on the AI female singer called Rei Toei from the book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei_Toei

  34. Guin
    May 4, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Eh, they’ve had electronic wallets and TV live streaming way before most of the world. Don’t forget advanced toilet technology. TOILETS!

  35. Viredae
    May 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Their toilet tech is heavenly.

  36. Dark Link
    Dark Link
    May 4, 2016 at 10:07 am


  37. Montrillian
    May 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Pick better bathroom material.