NTU alumnus to join internationally renowned fashion house, Issey Miyake

MA Fashion Design alumnus Junzaburo Iwasawa has secured a position with international fashion house, Issey Miyake. His new role will see him join the design team at the company’s head office in Tokyo, Japan.

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Junzaburo Iwasawa in the MA Studio at NTU

MA Fashion Design alumnus Junzaburo Iwasawa has secured a position with international fashion house, Issey Miyake. His new role will see him join the design team at the company’s head office in Tokyo, Japan.

Originally from a fine art background, Jun came to Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2015 on a Paul Smith Scholarship.

Jun spoke of the challenges transitioning from one discipline to another: “My background lies in fine art so it was a challenge for me to talk about fashion. I couldn’t draw the line between fashion and costume when I first started my MA project.

“By conducting practical and theoretical research, I was able to discuss this with my tutors who gave me feedback and suggested what I should focus on.”

Combining versatility with style and originality, his project at NTU focused on transformable garments inspired by Japanese geometric pattern cutting. For the price and convenience of one, each garment can be transformed into two or three pieces, offering a variety of choices, depending on the wearer’s moods or needs.

“My project title was called Transformative Fashion. It was an investigation into transformable unisex garments that allowed the wearer to participate in creating silhouettes to suit various social situations and identities.

“I found a connection between Issey Miyake’s garments and my designs, and I knew I wanted to work for them,” said Jun.

Sean Prince, MA Fashion Design Course Leader commented: “Jun works in such a unique way, his resourcefulness knows no bounds. He will no doubt be an asset to Issey Miyake’s team.”

NTU alumnus to join internationally renowned fashion house, Issey Miyake

Published on 4 January 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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