Six Japanese Design Talents On Show at the YKK London Showroom
The six award winning, emerging designers from Japan’s most prestigious fashion schools now have their collections on show. The designs include both apparel and general fashion goods, are inspired by a multitude of themes, including Japanese heritage and production, visual illusions, and feminism.
On display at the YKK Showroom in Shoreditch are collections by:
- Jun Tawarayama, with a ‘Grading Suits’ apparel collection, inspired by Russian dolls, with the grading process allowing one style to be worn across a range of sizes.
- Go Honda’s ‘Visual Illusion’ collection has been created in a response to the ever-changing world we live in where often things do not appear as they seem. Garments have been designed so that it is impossible to see where the cloth has started.
- Koki Abe’s feminism themed collection strives to answer the question ‘how do you define a strong women?’, with apparel that compliments curves and motherhood. It also celebrates the Sumo sport , with the white drill rope forming part of the detail of the clothes.
- Yoon JH’s work, ‘Artistic Bag at my Home,’ explores the design, shape and atmospheric feel of Japanese homes, positioning the bag- an essential, everyday accessory – as an artistic artefact.
- Pan Zhanxuan’s ‘Style of stairs’ bag, draws inspiration from the geometric design of stairs to craft a functional bag.
- Eikawa’s bag, ‘BOM,’ combines mechanical and medical influences specifically inspired by AED survival equipment.
Each of these creations, diverse in their themes and offering, incorporates YKK’s fastening products from fasteners, hook and loop fasteners, bucklers and snap and buttons.
The designers are all honorees of the annual YKK Fastening Awards – an event created to establish relationships and build the gap that often exists between upcoming designers and the fashion industry.
Now in it’s 17th-year, students from fashion schools in Japan submit one piece of wearable clothing, judged on its utility, originality, design and degree of perfection.
(Image left: Eikawa)
Commenting on the installation Sabine Bourgeau, YKK Showroom manager said: “The YKK Fastening Awards establishes national pride and strives to build long lasting relationships in the fashion industry, whilst understanding how YKK solutions can enhance collections. We encourage all of those who are interested in seeing these collections to visit the YKK Showroom in Shoreditch; helping us to celebrate the future of the fashion industry both in the UK and overseas and to commend inspirational collections.”
The collections will be on show until 12th May 2017 at The YKK Showroom, 154 Commercial Street, for more information about the showroom, visit: www.ykklondonshowroom.com
(Image right: Koki Abe)