Tokyo Design Week celebrates their 30th anniversary promoting and exhibiting some of the world’s best design works. Every year, more than 100,000 visitors visit this event at Meiji-Jingu Gaien and indulge in good design. Merging architecture, interior design, product design, and graphic design, the theme for this year is “interactive”, and the works have been divided into 4 categories: design, art, fashion, and music.
There’s also a number of robot-related events featured in the “Super Robot Exhibition”, “100 Creators Exhibition”, for the aspiring amateurs showing off their skills, “Asia Awards” for young creators , “CREEMA” the hand-made market and Team Lab Island, where adults and children can explore art and have fun together.
Here’s my selection for Fashion Design.
“Primitive Future” by Satoru Sasaki. This designer finds his inspiration in Africa and Ebola Virus, transferring the texture Ebola virus inflicts on human flesh onto his avant-garde garments. He says “Expressing the new world by combining the developing and urbanising city and ethnic culture based on the literature saying Africa is going to the largest city in the world”. The ability of transforming the ugly into beautiful.
Miyazaki Yasukushi a student from Musashino Art University presented “New Relations to make a person notice wastes, which bear by the production process of the modern clothes. And to overturn a relation between clothes and person. These clothes on a human body will tend to tear away easily.”
“Sinchronizing Net and Reality” Collaboration between GUSTONBAR by Kazu Minakata & 1mm world by Tatsuhiko Nishibata. “I’m aiming for a change in balancing the net and reality. The people are increasing by opening the scene which is their main. I was conscious if both can be shared. Net and reality.” Says Minakata. These designs are connected to Social Media. Whenever one “likes” or “follows” their design, a message is lighted up on the garment.
“Cut Copy” by Kenji Kawasumi, graduated from Central St. Martins College says “A value of mass-produced copies and the original. By visualising the process of printing with foam cut, make a relationship between the original and the copy through the classic replication method”. I found his foam clothes amazing
“Going Home” by Fujita Yoshimitsu. Traditional Japanese Oak wood “geta” made by bending the wood.
“Hashira-Jyu” (Men’s Apron) by Astruct, Hashira-Jyu is an apron for men, designed in consideration of men’s body and particularly their height. The apron has an extended 15 cm of fabric at the front so it can protect an area that gets easily stained.
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Tokyo Design Week 2015. October 24-November 3 (event site closed October 29). Meiji-Jingu Gaien. Tickets at the door: adults ¥3,000, university students ¥2,000, high school students ¥1,500, junior high school students ¥1,000; online tickets ¥2,500. Nearest station: Shinanomachi, Gaiemmae, or Aoyama-itchome.
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