Octopus's Garden

Japan Fashion Week Organization
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The 1st SHINMAI Creator's Project Show
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The collection of garments, titled 'Octopus's Garden, was developed for exhibition as part of the 1st SHINMAI Creator's Project Show, sponsored by the Japan Fashion Week Organization as part of the 8th Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo. I was selected as one of five winners from 60 applications and 17 countries, to receive sponsorship. The collection was presented in 2 catwalk shows on 23rd March 2009, as part of the official schedule. At each show 500 guests from the fashion industry, media, and the public were present. The collection received significant press coverage in Japan, together with articles from other parts of the world. Selections from the collection were later exhibited in Sydney and Paris. Investigating a biomimetic approach, the collection was based on a study of the properties of deep sea creatures, along with research into the potential for using technologically advanced Japanese fabrics in order to create high quality garments that encapsulated slow fashion properties. Part of the collection included the use of Morphotex, the worldâs first structurally coloured fiber created by nanotechnology using a biomimetic approach, developed by Teijin Fiber Japan. Other fibres used included the eco-fibre, Tencel. The prints developed were also environmentally friendly. The collection investigated a slow fashion approach via the method of combining new developments in Japanese materials together with high quality manufacturing techniques. The slow fashion approach is part of an emergent fashion design practice which embraces sustainable business principles, and emphasizes quality and longevity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JabNp6zjTpc http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/shinmai-creators-project-rtw-fall-2009-2080755
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