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Preliminary judging shortlist
(Apparel category)

  • Chura Eto(Tokyo Mode Gakuen)

    Tokyo Mode Gakuen

    Chura Eto

    Title: Taisho Romantic

    • Inspired by student uniforms from the Taisho era.
    • Disused kimonos are patchworked.
    • It is sustainability conscious.

    Key points

    • Various kimono patterns are patchworked.
    • Similar colour schemes are chosen for the design.
    • The skirt is pleated, inspired by the hakama.

    Key comments from the judges

    • It brings to life the painterly qualities of the kimono.
    • It is simple, but the kimono patterns come alive in the way they are used.
    • It's just so stylish. The hakama-like design is intriguing.
  • Jun Kawamoto(Tokyo Mode Gakuen)

    Tokyo Mode Gakuen

    Jun Kawamoto

    Title: PASSION

    • It capitalises on the characteristics of the kimono (hand-stitched, floral patterns, draping).
    • The curved body line makes for a cool and cute design.
    • It represents the handwork techniques of the traditional kimono.

    Key points

    • Kimono fabrics cut into triangles are joined together to form curves.
    • The textile is hand-stitched with gold thread and edged by hand.
    • It is combined with black embroidered lace to create a colour contrast.

    Key comments from the judges

    • A highly fashionable design that blends the traditional with the contemporary.
    • We look forward to seeing the actual piece.
    • It has depth because it is based on the essence of kimono and sustainability.
  • Yota Naruse(Professional Institute of International Fashion)

    Professional Institute of International Fashion

    Yota Naruse

    Title: Jukeiten

    • The theme is about wearing layers of Japan’s seasonal scenes.
    • It proposes a garment that will be handed down and repeated.
    • It integrates with sustainable lifestyles in modern societies.

    Key points

    • Inspired by summer kimonos (shawase).
    • It reduces fabric waste by cutting in straight lines and making use of the width of the kimono fabric.
    • Unravelling the stitching restores the fabric to a state close to the original fabric.

    Key comments from the judges

    • He has studied the culture of the kimono and created a contemporary design.
    • Sustainability is considered from the structure to the cutting of the kimono.
    • It is a very contemporary design, reminiscent of the Heian-period kimono.

Preliminary judging shortlist