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Announcing the contestants who passed the 2nd screening

Free Category Inclusive Design
Category

Next Fashion Designer of Tokyo 2024

Young Talents from Tokyo,
Test Your Wings in the World.

To make Tokyo a fashion hub on par with Paris, Milan, New York, and London, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is taking steps to promote the fashion and apparel industry. As part of this initiative, new competitions will be organised to discover and nurture young talents capable of performing on the world stage.

What evolutions lie ahead for fashion in the future?

From exciting, never-before-seen designs to new functions that enrich people's lives, and innovative ideas that solve social challenges, the possibilities for fashion are surely endless. With this in mind, we welcome applications from fashion students and creative people from all walks of life.

From Tokyo, we will expand the potential of fashion. We look forward to meeting a new generation of designers with unfettered and open-minded ideas who are not bound by the conventions of the past.

Guideline

We received a total of approximately 1,300 applications this year.
Thank you for the many applications.

Application period

14 Jul29 Sep 2023

Division

01

Free division

02

Inclusive Design Division

The Tokyo Governor’s Award

  • Grand Prize

    One winner (or group) per category


    Prize money
    1.0MJPY
  • Excellence Award

    Two winners (or groups) per category


    Prize money
    0.5MJPY

Special Selection Award

  • One winner (or group) per category

    Prize money
    0.5MJPY

○Award-winning works will be exhibited at commercial facilities in Tokyo.
○Winners receive support setting up their own business or brand.
○Applicants can access workshops and activities during the following fiscal year, allowing them grow their design skills and pursue future international success.

Judge

Final judges

  • Katsuhiko Hibino

    Head judgeKatsuhiko HibinoPresident, Tokyo University of the Arts Director, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu Director, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto Tokyo Arts and Culture Council member

    Hibino completed his postgraduate studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1984.
    He won Grand Prize at the Nippon Graphics Exhibition in 1982 and the highest ADC award in 1983, exhibited at the 1986 Sydney Biennale and the 1995 Venice Biennale. He was awarded the Mainichi Design Award Grand Prix in 1999 and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award in the Art Promotion Category of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2015. On 1 April 2022, he was appointed President of the University.

  • Yumiko Hara

    Yumiko HaraFashion director

    In 1970, Hara took part in the launch of An An magazine and began working as a stylist in 1972. For about 40 years since 1973, she has covered the Paris prêt-à-porter collections and reported on them for newspapers. Her diverse activities include serving on the selection committee for fashion-related awards as a fashion director, lecturing, and supervising kimono-related events.

  • Kunihiko Morinaga

    Kunihiko MorinagaFashion designer

    Graduated from the School of Social Sciences, Waseda University. He attends Vantan Design Institute while in school. 2003 "ANREALAGE" started. 2005 Tokyo collection debut. Entered Paris Collection in 2014. In 2019, she was selected as an "LVMH PRIZE" finalist and won the 37th Mainichi Fashion Awards. In 2020, she announced a collaboration with FENDI at the Milan Collection. In 2021, she will be in charge of the official uniform for the Japan Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, and in 2023, she will design the Beyoncé World Tour costume.

Guest Judge

  • Yusuke Takahashi

    Yusuke TakahashiCFCL Inc. / Representative and Creative Director

    He was born in Tokyo in 1985. After graduating from Bunka Fashion Graduate University in 2010, he joined Miyake Design Studio Co., Ltd. In 2013, he became a designer for ISSEY MIYAKE MEN. In 2020, he founded CFCL, which stands for "Clothing For Contemporary Life." In 2021, he received the 39th Mainichi Fashion Awards Newcomer Award (2021), the Shiseido Sponsorship Award, and FASHION PRIZE OF TOKYO 2022. From VOL.4 (AW2022) onwards, his collection has been announced on the Paris Fashion Week official schedule.

Judges

  • Yuriko Oda

    Yuriko OdaRepresentative Director of NPO WheeLog / Representative of NPO PADM

    Due to a progressive muscle disease, she uses an electric wheelchair. She is involved in new drug development for ultra-rare diseases and developing and operating “WheeLog!,” an accessibility map “created by everyone.” From the perspective of a formerly healthy person who has become disabled, she aims to make Japan an advanced welfare country. She has received many awards, including the Dubai Expo Global Innovator award and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Minister’s Award for Contribution to Promotion of Accessibility.

  • Shota Kamiya

    Shota KamiyaIsetan Mitsukoshi Ltd. Isetan Shinjuku Store
    Manager (fashion director)

    After joining the company in 2009, he worked as a salesman and assistant buyer. Since 2015, for the past 8 years, he has been working as a buyer for “ReStyle,” an independent select shop known for its overwhelming uniqueness and pulling power, that has become a symbol of “Fashion Isetan.” In April 2023, he became a General Merchandising Manager at the women’s wear department of the Isetan Shinjuku store.

  • Chizuru Muko

    Chizuru Muko INFAS PUBLICATIONS, INC. / Executive Officer
    WWDJAPAN / Editor and Sustainability Director

    She graduated from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University and joined EDWIN, where she has been in the sales department for 4.5 years. After working as a reporter for Nippon Textile Newspaper, she joined INFAS Publications in 1999. As a reporter, she has been covering the fashion weeks in Paris, Milan, New York, and Tokyo, interviewing and writing about designers and business owners. She has been in her current position since April 2021 after serving as editor-in-chief of “Fashion News” and “WWD Japan.”

  • Masato Yamaguchi

    Masato Yamaguchi MASATO YAMAGUCHI DESIGN OFFICE Director/Designer
    Chairman of the NPO Universal Fashion Association

    He graduated from Bunka Fashion Graduate University. He has been developing a remake brand domestically and internationally while still in school. Specializing in reuse and sustainable fashion, he has expanded his activities to multiple areas, including design, event planning, lectures, and research at academic conferences.

*Japanese alphabetical order.

Judging point

Based on the themes of each division, we will review from the perspective of design, functionality, novelty, marketability / business feasibility, sustainability, future potential, ease of use for people with disabilities, etc.

Selection process

  • 1

    Entry

    Application period:
    Friday, 14 July 2023
    to Friday, 29 September
    *Same day postmark valid

  • 2

    Preliminary judging

    Design drawings
    are judged.
    (Approx. 15 people are selected
    in each category)

  • 3

    Production support,
    workshop

    We will provide the following support to those
    who have passed the temporary screening.
    (i) Reduction of material costs (up to 50,000 yen)
    (ii) Advice from Production Advisors
    (iii) Workshops for individuals with disabilities
    (iv) Exchange with young overseas designers

  • 4

    Secondary examination

    ・Presentations and question and
    answer sessions on looks created
    using production assistance
    and workshops.
    (Approx. 6 people are selected
    in each category)
    ・Design drawings are published to
    official social media channels,
    and winners chosen according to
    ‘Likes’. (approx. three winners
    in each category)

  • 5

    Business experience

    We will provide the following support
    to those who pass the second
    screening toward the final screening.
    (i) Reduction of material costs
    (up to 100,000 yen)
    (ii) Merchandising experience
    and promotion experience
    in collaboration with
    MD (merchandisers), etc.

  • 6

    Final judging
    (Show style)

    ・The judges will award the
    Tokyo Governor's Grand Prize
    to one winner in each category
    and the Tokyo Governor's Award of Excellence to
    two winners in each category. ・As well as this,
    a Special Selection Award will go to one winner
    in each category based on
    real-time audience voting.

Please see here for details of
the advance flow (after the first screening)
Download

Inclusive Design category

This category is for designs intended to be worn by people with disabilities.
More specifically, the following types of designs are considered.

  • Functions and forms necessary to meet the needs of the disability have been considered.
    * Please refer to the following websites for more information on the types and characteristics of disabilities.https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/tokyoheart/shougai/index.html
  • Not limited to specific disabilities but intended to address a wide range of disability characteristics.
  • A universal design that people without disabilities can also wear, with consideration given to the functions and forms necessary for people with disabilities.

Special Advisors

Freelance category workshop
Lecturer

Yoshinari Nishio

Yoshinari Nishio

Born in 1982 in Nara, Japan. Artist. Associate Professor, Department of Intermedia Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Nishio develops projects in Japan and abroad, focusing on the relationship between the act of dressing and communication. He is the creator of the fashion brand NISHINARI YOSHIO.


Inclusive Design category
Guest Advisors

  • Daisuke Uehara

    Daisuke Uehara

    • Para ice hockey silver medalist. He has competed in three Paralympics: Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, and PyeongChang 2018. As the representative of the NPO D-SHiPS32 (Dships Mini) and the Disabled Strategic Section of the General Incorporated Association, he is engaged in various activities such as providing a sports environment for children with disabilities, making Japan more familiar with parasports, and product advisory. conduct.
  • Sakura Kato

    Sakura Kato

    • Representative of general incorporated association mogmog engine. Her second daughter, born in 2010, has Fukuyama-type congenital muscular dystrophy. We are doing various activities to make "a world where no one despairs even if a child with a disability is born." Her works include the mogmog engine that improves the QOL of food for children with dysphagia and their families, the Disability Strategies Department that captures social disabilities in a pop way, and the rehabilitation tool "Dejiriha" that utilizes digital art and sensors.

For those who passed the first screening, through workshops with persons with disabilities,
We will brush up the design based on the user's perspective and needs.
First of all, for the first screening, please design with flexible ideas and apply.

Outline

We received a total of approximately 1,300 applications this year.
Thank you for the many applications.

○One person can submit multiple designs.
(For the clothing department, Can also be used in combination with Susainable Fashion Design Award 2024
○It is also possible to apply with the same design for both categories.


Qualification requirements

  • Living in Tokyo or commuting to work or school amateur designer (Group application is also possible)
    *When submitting the application documents, please submit a certificate of enrollment that can confirm the above.

Application documents

  • Documents that can confirm your eligibility*Certificate of enrollment, student ID card, copy of resident card
  • Written oath
  • Entry work (design drawing)
  • Application introduction sheet

Please check the application requirements from here Download

Message to applicants

These competitions welcome applications from fashion students and those involved in various creative fields such as digital media, animation, video production, and more!
We support individuals who go beyond the boundaries of conventional fashion competitions and lead the fashion industry with new values.

Application

Online application

  • 1 Register basic
    information from
    the application form

    Basic information

    • Name
    • How I learned about this competition
    • Intention and Purpose of Participation in this Competition
    • Affiliated school
    • Contact information(address, phone number, email address)
    • Application category (select)
  • 2Download a set of
    submission forms

    Download the form here

    ※You can also download it from the URL in the automatic reply email after registering the application form.
  • 3Send submission
    documents by email

    Email content

    • Documents that can confirm your eligibility*Copy of certificate of enrollment, student ID card, resident card
    • Written oath
    • Submission (design drawing)
    • Application introduction sheet 4Application completed
  • 4Application completed

Mail application

  • 1Register basic
    information from
    the application form

    Basic information

    • Name
    • How I learned about this competition
    • Intention and Purpose of Participation in this Competition
    • Affiliated school
    • Contact information(address, phone number, email address)
    • Application category (select)
  • 2Download a set of
    submission forms

    Download the form here

    *You can also download it from the URL in the automatic reply email after registering the application form.
  • 3Send the documents
    to be submitted
    by mail

    Sending products

    • Documents that can confirm your eligibility*Copy of certificate of enrollment, student ID card, resident card
    • Written oath
    • Submission (design drawing)
    • Application introduction sheet 4Application completed
  • 4Application completed

*If you have difficulty filling in the application form or downloading the format of the documents to be submitted, please contact the secretariat.

*The secretariat will contact those who pass the examination.