From 2000 to 2002, Japanese-born Mikio Sakabe studied at the Ecole de Mode Internationale (ESMOD) in Paris. Sakabe continued his studies in fashion design at the Antwerp Academy, finishing in 2006. That same year, he won the Fashion Special Prize at ITS#FIVE in Trieste, Italy. Sakabe first presented his own collection at the 2007 Paris Fashion Week.
His garments are clearly inspired by subcultures. Mixing both Oriental and Western cultures, Mikio Sakabe's collections infuse a Japanese style with modern European techniques.