Tsumori Chisato is a true artist, a visionary designer that drives me happily wild. In an industry that often thrives on middle-man marketing and (much less than most industries) is sometimes hesistant to try anything new or unusual, she's creating new and unusual all the time; and making quite a go at it since starting her own line with the help of mentor Issey Miyake in 1990.
The line has grown in esteem and popularity over the years (although her clothing can still be hard to track down). A recent kawaii book beautifully displays her creations and should give anyone unfamiliar with her work a lot to get inspired by. As a sometimes print artist, her bold designs are particularly inspiring to me thatnks to her whimsy and daringly original style; I'd be hard pressed to find anyone working today in fashion print I love more or would be more willing to pay for a very special piece by. Just look at this dress, which would make an excellent gift for someone just like me.